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BRUINS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Wed. 5:00 PM PST
TV CBC, NBC, RDS
Series 1-0 Bruins
Last Meeting
3-1 Bruins
The Enemy Stanley Cup Of Chowder, Days Of Y'Orr Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 2-19-21 Krejci: 10-7-17
Bruins
Category Canucks
Won 1
Streak Won 2
5-3
< Road Record / Home Record >
7-3
+13
Goals For / Against +/- +4
3.22 (5)
Goals Per Game 2.78 (8)
2.50 (3)
Goals Against Per Game 2.56 (6)
1.74 (1)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.07 (5)
8.2 (14)
Power Play %
28.3 (3)
79.4 (9)
Penalty Kill %
80.6 (8)
31.8 (7)
Shots Per Game 31.2 (8)
33.6 (12)
Shots Against Per Game 31.6 (8)
88.9 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 80.0 (T-3)
6-2
Record When Leading After 1 5-2
3-4
Record When Trailing After 1 3-2
6-0
Record When Leading After 2 8-1
445 (4)
Hits 596 (1)
262 (3)
Blocked Shots
261 (4)
52.3 (3)
Faceoffs % 50.4 (6)
11.9 (9)
PIM's Per Game Average
15.2 (12)
NHL.com

How long ago does it feel like when the Canucks ousted the Sharks from the playoffs? I feel like I have moved on with my life since then. Probably a self-defense mechanism so that the wait didn't drive me mad. Now, doing up this preview I can feel the excitement and anxiety building again. 17 years is a long wait. Now instead of a Cinderella Canucks team facing a stacked Rangers squad (1994) we have a top-seeded Canucks team with high expectations facing a Bruins team who many predict to lose this series.

Here's what I expect to see: A closer series than many think. Most of the games won by a single goal as this series resembles the Nashville series somewhat. A goaltending duo from hell. A bloody war.

What I don't want to see: Tim Thomas frustrating the Canucks offence. Raffi Torres "crossing the line" when demolishing guys. Clipping calls. Blow hard refs one game and whistle-in-the-pocket refs the next.

What I want to see: This series won by the Canucks as quickly as possible. Screw them winning on home ice. Just do it, without too many hindering casualties along the way. I want to see Thomas lit up like a straw hut. I want the Bruins power play to continue it's FAIL. I want the Canucks' special teams brilliance to carry over from the Sharks series. I want to see Manny Malhotra return and make a huge impact. I want a Stanley Cup win at all costs.

So much for keeping the anxiety at bay. I'm feeling the nerves now! Go Boys Go!!

Much more after the jump....

LINKS

-Manny Malhotra missed practice today and apparently saw an eye doctor. His status for Game 1 now seems unlikely. Or is it a smokescreen by management? (The Vancouver Sun) This now perhaps makes the image near the bottom of the post a little premature but whatevs. AV ran with a 4th line of Tambellini-Bolduc-Oreskovich at practice on Tuesday which I have absolutely no problem with because it excludes Tanner Glass. Oops did I say that out loud?

-Sami Salo draws inspiration from his late father (The Province)

-Canadian actress Cobie Smulders is stoked about the Canucks being in the Finals (L.A. Times)

-Cool, creative Canucks lawn (Kurtenbloggers)

-This is great: How the 2011 Canucks stack up against the 1994 Canucks (The Vancouver Sun)

-Watch out for Milan Lucic. The Vancouver native will have family and friends at the Rog watching him and he's pumped (TSN)

-Stanley Cup Of Chowder's Canucks-Bruins series preview.

-Mark Recchi's last stand (Boston Herald)

-Did you know that Nathan Horton is the first player in NHL history to score the winning goal in 2 Game 7's in the same postseason? The legend of Horton is growing in Boston. (Boston Herald)

-Potential line matchups for Game 1 (Boston.com)

-Dear Sports Writers From Across Canada...Screw You. An excellent rant from mfarough.

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Christopher Higgins

Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen

Jeff Tambellini-Alex Bolduc-Victor Oreskovich

BRUINS

Milan Lewcheech-David Kraychee-Nathan Hoe-tonne

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi

Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin

Daniel Paille-Gregory "I'll Tell My Daddy" Campbell-Rich "So They Packed Up All Their Bags And They Moved To" Peverley


STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979

Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer (except for Ed Willies)



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 18 1075 12 6 41 2.29 528 487 .922 2


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974

Profile: Flopper, show-stopper, floor mopper



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Tim Thomas 18 1124 12 6 43 2.29 603 560 .929 2


WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Henrik Sedin: 2 goals and 14 assists in his last 8.

-Daniel Sedin: 4 assists in his last 2 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5.

-Ryan Kesler: 2 goals in his last 2 games.

-Kevin Bieksa: 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5.

-Sami Salo: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 2.

COLD

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal and no assists in his last 10.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 28.

-Victor Oreskovich: 0 points in his last 14.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 27 games.

-Cody Hodgson: 0 points in his last 10 games with very limited ice time.

BRUINS

HOT

-Nathan Horton: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games.

-David Krejci: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3.

-Milan Lucic: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3 games.

COLD

-Zdeno Chara: 1 assist in his last 8 games.

-Brad Marchand: 1 goal in his last 7.

-Mark Recchi: 1 assists in his last 9.

-Tyler Seguin: Kid exploded with 6 points in the first 2 games vs Tampa but has no points in his last 5.


INJURIES


CANUCKS

-F Mikael Samuelsson: surgery, out for playoffs.

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, day-to-day

BRUINS

-F Marc Savard: concussion, out for season

-F Trent Whitfield: achilles surgery. Sound familiar?

VIDEO

Highlights of the last time these teams met in February:

If you skipped the above clip, how about watching Torres smoke Kaberle?

One of the ugliest hockey incidents in recent NHL history happened in a Bruins-Canucks game:

Lai has some excellent guitar skills and wants to play the Canadian anthem at a Canucks game. First off, he needs a non-fail jersey and new pair of shades:

This is one of the best fan-made Bruins-Canucks series hype video that I could find and believe me, YOU NEED TO SEE IT. Gave me chills and made me weep openly:

This one's not to shabby:

The title of this post is brought to you by Metallica "Fight Fire With Fire":

"The Price is Wrong, Bitch!" (nice work, @darthchilli!)

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Are you ready?