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Published:June 5th, 2011 09:23 EST
Cups for Canucks: Who will win the Stanley Cup Finals?

Cups for Canucks: Who will win the Stanley Cup Finals?

By Michael Weidenhamer

The Stanley Cup Finals, between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins, will be full of major goalie duels. The first game in the series was proof that Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo are two of the best goalies in the NHL. It would not be a surprise if they tied for the Vezina Trophy this year. In the first game, while their teammates` tempers flared, Thomas and Luongo stayed as cool as the ice they were playing on. Neither one let in a goal until Thomas let in the game-winning goal in the last 20 seconds.

Both of these teams have had their trials in the playoffs. The Canucks barely survived the first round when they almost let the Chicago Blackhawks pull of a rare type of comeback. After being down 0-3 in the series, the Blackhawks won the next three games and almost won game seven. Ever since then the Canucks have romped through the playoffs. The Bruins had to survive two rounds that went the full seven games, including a first round series against Montreal where they lost the first two games.

The Canucks are led by the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. The two of them move around the ice almost telepathically. One teammate, Alexander Burrows, has even quipped, "they communicate like dolphins." They are also boosted by the return of Manny Malhotra, who has missed most of these playoffs with an eye injury. Ryan Kesler is scoring steadily and providing leadership.

Tim Thomas is a rallying point for the Bruins. Zdeno Chara, the NHL`s tallest player ever and one of the best defenseman around, leads the team as captain. Mark Recchi provides veteran leadership and Stanley Cup experience. He has won two Cups before, once with the Penguins and once with the Hurricanes. Nathan Horton and David Krejci have raised many inspiring moments through these playoffs.

The Canucks have never won a Cup in their 40 year history and they want to bring the Cup back to Canada. The Bruins have not won it in almost 40 years. Despite how tough the Bruins have been in these playoffs, the Canucks` hunger is greater and Luongo wants to prove he`s not a playoff flake. They will win in seven games. It`s going to be a classic and fun series.