It’s Canucks vs Bruins

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

Rainy Day Sunday

Finally it has rained and rained a lot. Last evening’s heat & humidity was a clear indication that rain was on the way but it was little help as I sweated in my room. Downing lots of cold water (filled bottles and throwing them into the freezer on a regular basis) to keep myself cool and washing my face and arms at regular intervals was just interludes to sweating bullets as the hours went by. Pretty soon though a light breeze started creeping through my windows and things started cooling up a lot more. Just around dinner time it started raining, just enough to bring the light breeze but not nearly at the standards that I like. The power did go out for a bit, maybe 30 minutes because everyone knows that KSEB is wimpy little state run organization, incapable of proper running the power supply. I had dinner with my mom and then settled down to watch a movie (Weekend At Bernie’s, whoo 80s comedy movies).

I went to sleep around 1am but was woken up at around 5 am wit h the sound of thunder & heavy rain pouring down on the city. Yes – for the rains, no – for the thunder/lightning. I was sure that the power would go off for a bit once again and yes it did. Just a little breeze is enough for that to happen. I slept late till almost 9:45 am, woke up and got some coffee. I wanted to go out and by 11:30 am I was showering, shaving and getting ready to go out. The power goes out – fucking again! Luckily being a Sunday, my clothes were all ironed as the ironing people come in to collect your clothes only on Sundays. So I dressed and left the apartment. It was getting quite warm once again and lugging my heavy laptop & bag wasn’t helping.

My destination was Coffee Cube on Convent junction for a light snack, some cold coffee and their free wifi. I settled for a shake with Black Current flavour instead and am chilling at the cafe, cool as a cucumber and enjoying watching the rain, which is back again, fall on Cochin city. I don’t want to eat lunch here; the weather is perfect for some vodka and chicken and after I go for a little shopping, that’s exactly what I want to go and get.