The Vancouver Canucks have never won the Stanley Cup in their history. They can bring the Cup to British Columbia for the first time on Monday night if they can beat the Stanley Cup lines against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden.
We have to give it up for Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver defense. This has definitely been a struggle of an offensive series for the Canucks. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Kesler have combined for absolutely, positively zero points over the course of the last three games, and the offense as a whole only has six goals to show for five games worth of work. Needless to say, this is nothing like the team that had arguably the best line in hockey all year long and had the top scoring offense at 3.1 goals per game. Normally speaking, this would be the cue for Luongo to lose a ton of tight games. After all, he had a postseason a few seasons ago with a GAA in the 1.60s, and the Canucks still didn’t even get to the Western Conference Finals. However, the Canadian born net minder, who already won a Gold Medal for his country in 2010, really has to feel like this is his time to get his name on the Stanley Cup. He already has two shutouts in this series and four for the postseason, and he has a 2.43 GAA that has only been inflated due to the fact that he has had four absolutely atrocious games over the course of the playoffs.
One has to wonder whether the Bruins have missed out on their chances to win the Stanley Cup. They really should have taken at least one of those three games that they lost, all of which came by a single goal, and now, instead of either already having won the Cup or having a chance to close it out at home, they have to win this Game 6 at home and then win the Cup on enemy ice in British Columbia again. The good news is that the offense scored a dozen goals in two games in Beantown, including dropping a snowman on the Canucks in Game 3. However, aside from that, the team only has two goals in three games, marks which just aren’t going to cut it. Tim Thomas has been absolutely remarkable in this series, as has the Boston defense, but when push comes to shove, the offense just isn’t good enough. Head Coach Claude Julien should still be calling out his power play unit, which still only has seven goals in the entire postseason and just two in this series, both of which came in that 8-1 romp.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins Pick: Sorry, Boston. Your chances for a Stanley Cup are gone. This is destiny for Luongo and for the city of Vancouver to claim this title, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the final game of this series in Beantown ends up being a bit of a one sided battle for the first time in favor of the visitors. Go with the Canucks +115.
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