BOSTON (AP) — The Bruins held one final practice in Boston on Monday before departing for Vancouver and their first Stanley Cup final appearance since 1990.
Boston, the No. 3 seed out of the Eastern Conference, had just one glimpse of the dominant Canucks in the regular season: a 3-1 win in Vancouver in which goaltender Tim Thomas made 26 saves.
But that doesn’t mean the Bruins will take the league’s No. 1 seed lightly. Vancouver, after all, cruised to a Northwest Division title, and led the NHL with 117 points, 10 more than any other team.
“Obviously, they’re a President’s Trophy winner, they’re a great hockey team, deep and well coached, and we’ll look at things we have to do,” Bruins forward Mark Recchi said. “Any key to your team’s success is how you play personally. I think we focus on what we do ourselves. Our coaching staff will give us their tendencies, and their coaching staff will give them our tendencies. It’s who’s going to want it more and who’s going to play to their abilities the best.”
Game 1 is on Wednesday night.