2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Breaking down Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Breaking down Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins
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The magic number is now four.

Four wins is all it will take for the Vancouver Canucks or the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup and be crowned the best of the NHL. Both of these teams faced big challenges in the first round. The Vancouver Canucks almost became just the fourth NHL team ever to blow a 3-0 series lead, but Alex Burrows' overtime goal in Game 7 spared their blushes and kept their dreams at a Cup alive.

Boston was heavily favoured against long-time rivals Montreal. Down 2-0 in the series, Boston fought back to take game seven in overtime.

In the second round, Vancouver was able to keep Nashville's offense in check and beat the very hot Pekka Rinne to get into the conference finals. Boston had a field day against Philly's shaky goaltending and getting revenge for blowing a 3-0 series lead last year, the Bruins took care of the Flyers in four.

Then Vancouver was able to finish off the Sharks in five games, a thrilling double overtime game ending with a puzzling goal from Kevin Bieksa. Then, of course, the Eastern Conference Finals ended last night with Boston gaining an extra edge and getting it done in a very tight Game 7 to keep their Cup hopes alive.

These series are in the past now. Each team will want to look forward and do everything they can to ensure they're the team lifting the Stanley Cup in a few weeks. Here is a breakdown of how these two teams match-up, and who has the advantage heading into Game 1. 

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