Last night America saw the NBA champion crowned a winner. The Mavericks won the championship for the first time in Franchise history against Miami and tonight the Canucks are looking to do just that against the Bruins.
In their 41 year history dating all the way back to the 70's the Canucks have tried to achieve glory twice but ultimately falling victim to a champion. This year is different, the team finds themselves one win away from hoisting up the cup, but do they have what it takes to defeat the historic original six team?
To look at the stats one must think that the series is lopsided but how is it possible the other team is leading the series. Boston has looked great every game. Their strongest period has been the second and have dominated the boards as well as keeping Vancouver in check.
For the most part the Sedin twins have not been much of a factor in this series. Guys like Burrows have stepped up and helped carry the team. Magnificant stops by Thomas have kept the Bruins in it. Thats the scary part that Vancouver faces. The man behind the mask Tim Thomas has been able to stop everything. Like the old saying goes Vancouver "has thrown everything at him except for the kitchen sink." Thomas has found a way to pick things up and make unbelievable saves.
Physicalness might have worn Vancouver down a bit. Every series for them has been a hard fought series. Take for example Kesler. Yes he was able to score the tying goal against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Series but that did not come without a price. In Game 5 he recieved a crushing hit and has yet to come back 100% though he says that he will play tonight and feels a lot better. Analysts noticed at the optional skate on Monday that he has gotten his stride back.
The key to victory for Vancouver tonight is to continue crashing the net. In Games one and tw Vancouver was able to cycle the puck around and get the Sedin twins in the mix. Boston has been known to block a lot of shots, big blasts from the twins could prove to damage the Bruins. Bruins will bring their A game, they have been physical all game and have found ways to score short handed and on odd manrushes. One thing is, Boston has to watch out for rebounds and bad angle shots. Most of Vancouver's goals have come as a result of one of those two.
I expect a long hard fought game with no decision after regulation. I think Vancouver will prevail and bring the cup home.