2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Player Matchups

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2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Player Matchups
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The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins are about to engage in a best of seven game series to claim the Stanley Cup.

As is befitting the last two teams standing in the grueling endurance challenge that is the NHL playoffs, the Bruins and Canucks both have an abundance of stars.

Whether it is a 38-year drought for Boston, or a 40-year franchise futility record for the Canucks, one of these teams is going to beat their losing streak, and win the Stanley Cup.

Any Stanley Cup-winning team has players that step up to take on an almost iconic role:

The Sniper and the Playmaker, who conspire to provide the bulk of the offensive production.

The Conn Smythe winner, a heart and soul player who is seemingly everywhere on the ice, doing all the little things necessary to win and providing clutch goals. 

The Tenacious Defender, a nasty piece of business who makes opposing forwards pay for daring to cross his blueline or crowding his goalie. 

The Goalie—no adjective needed—who simply provides the big saves when the game is on the line.

Of course, any Stanley Cup-winning team also has great supporting players, but they all have players who fit these roles and who drive the team to success.

If you think back to past Stanley Cup-winning teams, you can easily see how these roles were filled. For example, last year Patrick Kane was the Sniper for Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews was the Conn Smythe winner, etc.

Now let's compare the players who are filling these iconic roles for the Canucks and Bruins at the start of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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