2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Shaping the Canucks-Bruins Series, 5 Things from Game 1

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2011 Stanley Cup Finals: Shaping the Canucks-Bruins Series, 5 Things from Game 1
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Seventeen and twenty-one year waits melted to zero last night as the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins kicked off one of the more intriguing Stanley Cup Finals in recent memory.

For a league largely accustomed to the predictability of champions and finalists, the Canucks and the Bruins offer stark aesthetic differences to the usual suspects of the past two decades: Detroit, Colorado, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Dallas.

Now that Game 1 is in the books, and the Vancouver Canucks lead the series 1-0, we already have a taste of some of the early story-lines that are driving the plot.

Here’s five:

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