2011 NHL Playoffs: 10 Reasons the Canucks Will Beat the Lightning or Bruins

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2011 NHL Playoffs: 10 Reasons the Canucks Will Beat the Lightning or Bruins
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With the Vancouver Canucks finishing off the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the hockey world has turned its attention to the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, which has reached a pivotal Game 7.

All of the speculation over which team creates a better matchup for the Canucks is useless. Neither team battling for the Eastern Conference Finals has what it takes to topple the Presidents Trophy winners.

Vancouver is easily the most talented team left in the field, and the Eastern Conference has already seen its two most talented squads take early exits in the second round.

That's not to say that the Tampa Bay Lightning or Boston Bruins won't put up a fight (this is the Stanley Cup we're talking about). However, the Eastern Conference Champion will head into the Stanley Cup as considerable underdogs, and not just because the Canucks put up a better record.

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