In a battle of two championship starved teams, the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks will play for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup and be crowned the NHL's best team in 2010-2011.
The Bruins enter the Stanley Cup having won series against the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canucks won the Western Conference crown with series victories over the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks.
Both teams possess impressive talent across the board. The Bruins pose a formidable scoring threat, a tenacious defense led by Zdeno Chara and rock-solid goaltending from Vezina Award candidate (given to the best goalie) Tim Thomas. The Canucks are led by the most dangerous scoring duo in the NHL, twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin along with the equally dangerous Ryan Kesler. Daniel had 104 points in the regular season, Henrik had 94. The Canucks also have a stone-wall in front of the pipes, in fellow Vezina candidate Roberto Luongo.
The Canucks have been the best team in the toughest conference in hockey all season long. They accumulated 54 victories and 117 points, most overall, during the regular season and pounded opponents on offense, defense and special teams. They were first in goals per game (3.1), goals against (2.2) and power play percentage (24.4). The franchise is looking for its first ever championship since coming into the league in 1967.
Led by Chara, Thomas and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, the Bruins were second in goals against with 2.3. With attackers Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and David Krejci, they also scored a lot of goals during the season, ranking fifth overall. The Bruins weakness is powerplay, where they have struggled in both the regular season and postseason.
The Canucks enter as the favorites and hope to become the first Canadian hockey team since the 1993 Canadiens to lift the cup. The Bruins, on the other hand, are looking to shock the hockey world and win their first title since 1972.