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Game 6: Vancouver at Boston—Open Post

Canucks at Bruins, 5pm. 

I’m afraid I’m sticking with my original series prediction of 7 games, with the Canucks coming out on top in the end. This is a home-ice-advantage series if every there was one, and while I feel optimistic about the end result, tonight is going to be a tough one to pull out.  Of course, maybe the lessons learned against Chicago, Nashville and San Jose will pay off and the Canucks will find that extra gear that allows them to put an end to this series tonight.  That would certainly be nice, because a game 7 in this series will probably come down to a single ridiculous bounce…

Which would make for one seriously scary hockey game to watch. smile

P.S. The sports producer at Boston.com hung out in Vancouver after game 5, talking to Vancouverites to find out what they know about Boston, as well as to explain the Canadian obsession with hockey.  Here’s the video of his encounters below. 

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Canucks/Bruins Game 3—Open Post

imageCanucks at Bruins: 5pm PT. (Puckdrop @ 5:20)

Scratches: Hamhuis, Ballard, Samuelsson, Glass, Tanev, Bolduc, Hodgson. (via Wharnsby)

Pre-Game Stuff:

*Art is credit to the talented Toyebot

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Canucks/Bruins Q&A

Blogger Nikolay Dudaev, an NHL writer at the Russian sports site Tribuna Sports, was kind enough to ask me (and some other Canucks and Bruins folks) a series of questions on the Boston - Vancouver matchup starting on Wednesday.  I was glad to oblige—after all, I figure there’s an outside chance I sound far more brilliantly insightful when translated into Russian, than I do in English. smile

But as for the English, here it is. Alas, not so ‘brilliantly insightful’, but it’s a starting point for my series preview which should be up tomorrow.

1. When it became clear that Vancouver was in the Final how did you feel?

I was excited to see that Vancouver made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, of course, but very nervous, too. Usually the stress is over for Canucks fans by June, since we’re usually drowning our sorrows in beer and writing team eulogies.  Not that I’m complaining.

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Bruins Fans Share Big Expectations

So, my little poll last night shows about 80% of respondents favoring Vancouver to win the series… but I suppose the opposite results are appearing on some Boston dude’s blog today, too.  I haven’t looked around the ‘net yet, but “unbiased” probably doesn’t apply to any of us. smile

Still, Boston fans are feeling seriously confident. 

The video below is from NESN, and catches the excitement in Boston after their big win last night.  (Not to mention, a whole lot of Bruins fans making some big predictions about kicking some Vancouver butt…)

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