Sedin twins’ pressing problem: Zdeno Chara

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Sedin twins’ pressing problem: Zdeno Chara

Canucks to play host Game 1 to Bruins, Chara
“We’ve had a lot of challenges along the way to get here, but he’s the biggest one yet – literally, I guess,” Henrik Sedin said of the Boston Bruins’ 6-9 defenseman, Zdeno Chara, the tallest player ever in the NHL.
“It’s going to be exciting to see what happens, because we haven’t played each other enough to know those guys very well. It’s unpredictable,” said Henrik Sedin, left, with his twin brother Daniel Sedin during Tuesday’s practice in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sedin twins’ pressing problem: Zdeno Chara

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“We’ve had a lot of challenges along the way to get here, but he’s the biggest one yet – literally, I guess,” Henrik Sedin said of the Boston Bruins’ 6-9 defenseman, Zdeno Chara, the tallest player ever in the NHL.
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“It’s going to be exciting to see what happens, because we haven’t played each other enough to know those guys very well. It’s unpredictable,” said Henrik Sedin, left, with his twin brother Daniel Sedin during Tuesday’s practice in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Stanley Cup Finals

Capsule of the Stanley Cup finals:
No. 1 (West) Vancouver Canucks (54-19-9) vs. No. 3 (East) Boston Bruins (46-25-11)
How they got here: Vancouver beat No. 8 Chicago 4-3, No. 5 Nashville 4-2 and No. 2 San Jose 4-1. Boston beat No. 6 Montreal 4-3, No. 2 Philadelphia 4-0 and No. 5 Tampa Bay 4-3.
2010-11 series record: Bruins, 1-0.
Playoff History: first meeting.
Outlook: The Canucks will end long wait for themselves and all of Canada; Boston’s title drought will march on. Canucks in 7.
Vancouver Canucks
b The Canucks hosted the lone meeting between these teams and lost 3-1 on Feb. 26. ...
b Making their first finals appearance since losing to the New York Rangers in 1994, the Canucks are shooting for their first Stanley Cup title in their third trip. Vancouver also is carrying the hopes of a country. No Canadian club has won the Stanley Cup since Montreal in 1993, going 0-4 since. The Canucks are the fourth team from Canada to reach the finals in seven seasons. ... The two previous times a Canadian city hosted the Olympics (Montreal 1976 and Calgary 1988), the local NHL team won the Stanley Cup the next season. Vancouver is trying to make it 3-for-3 after it was the site of the 2010 Winter Games. ...
b Canucks could get a huge boost if faceoff specialist and noted penalty-killer Manny Malhotra rejoins the lineup. Malhotra was cleared medically to play this week, 10 weeks after a deflected puck struck his left eye March 6 and almost cost him his vision. The Canucks’ penalty-killing unit was No. 1 in the NHL when Malhotra was on it. Malhotra scored the lone goal vs. Boston on Feb. 26. ...
b D Kevin Bieksa emerged as a key, albeit unlikely, offensive star in the West finals with four goals and an assist, including the winning tally in overtime of Game 5 that sent the Canucks to the Cup finals. ...
b Roberto Luongo allowed 13 goals in the five-game series against San Jose and will be looking to win the Cup in the same arena in which he backstopped Canada to Olympic gold last year.
Boston Bruins
b Vancouver native Milan Lucic scored the go-ahead goal in the Bruins’ win over the Canucks this season. ...
b If the Bruins win the Cup, the Boston area will have claimed the championship in all four major North American sports leagues since 2005: New England Patriots (2005); Boston Red Sox (2007); Boston Celtics (2008). ...
b The Bruins are in the finals for the first time since 1990 and are seeking their first Stanley Cup title since 1972. Boston is 0-5 in the finals since its last championship, losing to Canadian clubs four times – twice each against Edmonton and Montreal. ...
b Nathan Horton keeps showing that he is quite comfortable in the NHL playoffs, despite making his first career appearance. Horton had three goals and four assists in the East finals and eight goals and nine assists overall in 18 postseason games. ...
b David Krejci has a team-high 10 goals and is tied with Horton for the club lead with 17 points. ...
b Tim Thomas carries a 2.29 goals-against average into the finals, the same number as Luongo, his Vancouver counterpart. Thomas’ save percentage over the Bruins’ 18 playoff games is .929, slightly higher than Luongo’s .922. Thomas has been Boston’s only goalie this postseason. ...
b Only four Bruins had a minus rating in the East finals. Overall, Boston was plus-2.

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