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  1. Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas stand strong in Game 1’s wide open first period

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    The Bruins and Canucks created a ton of chances in a wide-open first period, but the score remained 0-0 because of brilliant work by Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo.

  2. Your primer for Game 1 of 2011 Stanley Cup finals between Bruins, Canucks

    Jun 1, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Want to catch up with all the PHT content heading into Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Read all about the Bruins and Canucks in this post.

  3. Bruins and Canucks most likely to become villains in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Which Bruins and Canucks are most likely to be considered “villains” in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Here are prime candidates from each team.

  4. Bruins continue to reap rewards of Cam Neely trade with Canucks 25 years later

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic

    It would be bad enough if you judged the Cam Neely trade just by how his career (and Glen Wesley’s seven seasons) compared to Barry Pederson’s time. Yet when you follow all the assets the Bruins received thanks to trading Wesley later on, it’s clear Boston continues to benefit from that move.

  5. Vancouver Canucks will face more off-season questions than Boston Bruins

    May 30, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

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    Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Alex Burrows, Daniel Sedin

    It’s been a long time since the Canucks (’94) and Bruins (’90) last made it to the Stanley Cup finals, so the question is: are they built to avoid a similar drought after this run?

  6. Thrashers co-owner: ‘Not enough of us are passionate’ about keeping team in Atlanta

    May 30, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Thrashers co-owner Rutherford Seydel discussed the Thrashers possible move, stating that many members of the ownership group tried their best to keep the team but admitted there “aren’t enough” of people in the group passionate enough to get something done.

  7. The 2011 Stanley Cup finals will be the most travel-heavy finals in the NHL’s modern era

    May 30, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    The Bruins-Canucks series will require the most travel of any Stanley Cup finals series of the modern era and the second most all-time.

  8. Tim Thomas travels long, bumpy road to 2011 Stanley Cup finals

    May 30, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Seven

    Tim Thomas pulled off a rare feat of being one of the best goalies in the regular season and the playoffs, but as you’ll see from this post, he needed to pull off a lot of rare feats to get to the NHL in the first place.

  9. Zdeno Chara develops into the leader the Bruins hoped he could be

    May 30, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Seven

    More and more, Boston’s captain Zdeno Chara is embracing the emotional side of his leadership role, according to CSN’s Joe Haggerty.

  10. Atlanta Thrashers update: Some reports indicate announcement could come Tuesday

    May 30, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Thrashers Fans Rally To Keep Team In Atlanta

    Some reporters are claiming the Thrashers-to-Winnipeg announcement could be made as early as Tuesday. There is at least a hint of hope for Thrashers fans, though, as a new potential local suitor reportedly emerged late last week.

  11. Poll: Is Mark Recchi’s career Hall of Fame material?

    May 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Recchi

    Even at 43 years old, Mark Recchi manages to be a useful forward for the Bruins. Does he deserve to become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame once he retires, though? Let us know in the poll.

  12. Saint John Sea Dogs beat Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3-1 to win 2011 Memorial Cup

    May 29, 2011, 10:56 PM EDT

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    Saint John Sea Dogs v Mississauga St. Michael's Majors

    The Saint John Sea Dogs became the first ever Memorial Cup winner from Canada’s Maritimes region thanks to their 3-1 win against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. It was a redemptive performance for Sea Dogs goalie Jacob DeSerres, who gave up nine goalsĀ in last year’s Memorial Cup final against the Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler-fueled…

  13. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren remains coy about goaltending options, trading Jeff Carter

    May 29, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Jeff Carter

    Flyers GM Paul Holmgren wouldn’t get into specifics about how the team will improve its goaltending while remaining under the salary cap. Interestingly enough, he didn’t totally shoot down the possibility of trading Jeff Carter, either.

  14. Comparing the 2010-11 Boston Bruins to the 1989-90 version

    May 28, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Cam Neely

    Cam Neely = Milan Lucic and Raymond Bourque = Zdeno Chara? Not exactly, but let’s compare the current Bruins to version that made it to the 1990 Stanley Cup finals anyway.

  15. Vancouver Canucks officially confirm Manny Malhotra is cleared to play, listed as day-to-day

    May 28, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    The Canucks officially cleared Manny Malhotra to play, listing him as day-to-day. The possibility of him completing his improbable comeback in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals increased substantially, so the question is: how much of a difference could he make?

  16. Report: Nathan Horton received fine from NHL for water bottle throwing incident

    May 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic

    This isn’t likely to make many Tampa Bay fans feel better, but Nathan Horton was fined for his water bottle-throwing incident from Game 6 after all.

  17. Boston Bruins have the edge in all-time matchup with the Vancouver Canucks

    May 28, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    Darcy Hordichuk, Shawn Thornton

    The Bruins have won the vast majority of their games against the Canucks in the two team’s historical rivalry.

  18. Comparing PHT editor and reader predictions to conference finals results

    May 28, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Seven

    This post compares the actual conference finals results of the 2011 playoffs with picks made by PHT staffers and readers.

  19. Video: Hockey Central gives an early look at the 2011 Stanley Cup finals

    May 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Hockey Central breaks down the 2011 Stanley Cup finals matchup between the Bruins and Canucks.

  20. Video: Highlights from Dwayne Roloson’s 37-save performance in Game 7 defeat

    May 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Dwayne Roloson, Mark Recchi

    Dwayne Roloson did end up with the win in Game 7 last night, but he frequently stole the show by making 37 saves.

  21. After breakthrough season, Tampa Bay Lightning face tough off-season questions

    May 28, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The Lightning had a great run, but it could come at a price. GM Steve Yzerman has some big decisions to make as important players (including Steven Stamkos and Dwayne Roloson) approach restricted and unrestricted free agency.

  22. Video: Zdeno Chara puts his own spin on accepting the Prince of Wales Trophy

    May 28, 2011, 3:07 AM EDT

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    Zdeno Chara didn’t touch the Prince of Wales trophy, but he did put his own spin on the ceremony.

  23. First look at the 2011 Stanley Cup finals: Are the Bruins the junior varsity Canucks?

    May 28, 2011, 1:22 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Are you antsy for some early preview action for the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Here is our first look at the series, which poses the question: are the Bruins basically a poor man’s version of the Canucks?

  24. Poll: Who will win the 2011 Stanley Cup finals – the Boston Bruins or Vancouver Canucks?

    May 28, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Now that we know the two finalists, we must ask: which team will win the 2011 Stanley Cup: the Boston Bruins or Vancouver Canucks? Tell us what you think by voting in the poll.

  25. Bruins overcome Dwayne Roloson’s brilliance, advance to Stanley Cup finals with 1-0 win

    May 27, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

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    Dwayne Roloson nearly stole the game with his 37-save performance, but Nathan Horton’s goal was all Tim Thomas and the Bruins needed to win 1-0. This catapults Boston into its first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1990.

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