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Canucks Ready for Bruins in Stanley Cup Final
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Canucks finally have an opponent for next week's Stanley Cup final, though the Boston Bruins are hardly a familiar foe.

When the teams drop the puck for Game 1 on Wednesday, it will be just the sixth meeting between the teams in six seasons. That includes a game in Vancouver just over three months ago, even though few of the Canucks recalled much from that 3-1 loss.

What all of them remembered after the Bruins beat Tampa Bay 1-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night were goalie Tim Thomas and defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Several singled out Chara, Boston's 6-foot-9 Norris Trophy nominee as the best defenseman, and Thomas, their acrobatic Vezina Trophy finalist as the league's best goaltender, as keys to beating one of the league's stingiest teams.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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