Well in just a few days, June 1st to be exact, the 2011 Stanley Cup finals will be played out between the Western Conference Champions the Vancouver Canucks and the Eastern Conference Champions the Boston Bruins. Two teams with a lot to prove – the Bruins who haven’t tasted champagne from Lord Stanley’s bowl since their 1972 victory and the Canucks who have, well, never won the cup ever. They have come close twice, in 1982 and 1994 as the losing finalist. The Bruins have never been in the final since 1990. So what’s in store for fans of the NHL?
Plenty of offense and action and I expect a few hits & maybe some long penalty minutes.
Vancouver has the Sedin twin, Henrik & Daniel, who hit their stride in the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks, after being much maligned for lack of points during the previous two rounds. With Alexandre Burrow as their center, this is a potent & lethal first line when it gets going. Doing a superb job is the second line with Ryan Kesler, flanked by Mason Raymond & Chris Higgins. Vancouver also got a boost when defensive forward Manny Malhotra was declared fit to play in the finals after missing the playoffs uptil now due to an eye injury which require surgery. With goalie Roberto Luongo ably protect by the likes of Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Christian Ehrhoff and Alexander Edler the defencemen have also provided some offensive punch from the back end.
Big bad Boston has the likes of Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci & Nathan Horton leading the offense. Rookie Tyler Seguin & Michael Ryder have also contributed with 3 goals & 3 assists a piece in the last round itself. And the amazing story for the Bruins is 43 year young Mark Recchi who still contributes to the offense at his age. Goalie Tim Thomas guards the pipes with captai Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Johnny Boychuck, Dennis Sidenberg & Tomas Kaberle blocking shots & killing penalty minutes.
It should be a good finals. I’m supporting the Canucks and I predict that they will win in 6 games. Here’s the schedule for the finals.
|Wednesday, June 1||at Vancouver, 8 p.m.||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|Saturday, June 4||at Vancouver, 8 p.m.||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|Monday, June 6||at Boston, 8 p.m.||VERSUS, CBC, RDS|
|Wednesday, June 8||at Boston, 8 p.m.||VERSUS, CBC, RDS|
|*Friday, June 10||at Vancouver, 8 p.m.||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*Monday, June 13||at Boston, 8 p.m.||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*Wednesday, June 15||at Vancouver, 8 p.m.||NBC, CBC, RDS|