2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction

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2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction
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After the Bruins' thrilling Game 7 win in the Eastern Conference Finals over the Tampa Bay Lightning one thing is for sure:

Not much will change. 

The Canucks' offence is just too much for the Bruins to handle. Below is a complete analysis of every aspect of the game. 


Goaltending

Both the Bruins and Canucks are evenly matched in net. Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo are bouncing back from seasons they would like to forget with great performances.

Both are nominated for this year's Vezina Trophy.

In the playoffs, however, they both have had their share of dominating performances and ones they would like to forget. 


Defence

Both the Bruins and Canucks are strong defensive teams. Both have stars players including Zdeno Chara, Kevin Bieksa, Thomas Kaberle and Christian Erhoff. 

The Canucks gave up the fewest goals all regular season. The Bruins were a close second, only allowing nine more goals. 

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Forewords

This is where the Canucks have a decided advantage over the Bruins.

Although the Bruins do have many solid scoring forwards and some of the best role players in the league, they cannot match the skill of the Vancouver Canucks.

The Canucks have the defending Hart champion, a nominee for this year's Hart trophy and the probable Conn Smythe winner. 

The combination of the Sedin twins, Ryan Kessler and Alex Burrows easily outmatches the Bruins main attack of Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Milan Lucic and David Krecji. 

Along with have the fewest goals allowed all season, they also scored the most. The Bruins ranked fifth in this category. 


Special Teams

The Bruins have been frankly terrible on the power play throughout the playoffs.

They failed to register a single goal on the man advantage with their first round opponents the Montreal Canadiens and have only four power play goals all playoffs. 

The Canucks have the third ranked power play and the eighth ranked penalty kill, the Bruins are ranked ninth. 


Final Prediction

The Bruins will put up quite a fight in the series, but their problems with the special teams combined with their weaker forewords will prove to be the difference. 

The Canucks will take home their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in six games. 

Before the playoffs started, I chose the Bruins to take home the cup this season, but my decision has changed watching the Canucks steam roll both the Sharks and Predators.

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