The Vancouver Canucks are the Western Conference champions for the first time in 17 years, and they will take on the Boston Bruins to determine the 2011 Stanley Cup champion.
There isn't a whole lot of history between the Canucks and the Bruins — but there are some interesting storylines.
The Stanley Cup final will begin at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday, and it will be broadcasted live on CBC Television and streamed at CBCsports.ca.
For the full Stanley Cup final broadcast schedule, click here.
Here's a look at the matchup standing in the way of Vancouver's first-ever Stanley Cup, and some of the connections between the two clubs:
Vancouver vs. Boston
The drought is over! One team will reward its long-suffering fans, while for another it will be yet more misery. Only four NHL teams have waited longer to hoist the Cup than the Bruins and Canucks.
While the Boston Bruins have won five Stanley Cups, the last one came in 1972. Since then the Bruins have gone 0-5 in the final. They were upset by Philadelphia two years later, and had the misfortune to twice face both the late 1970s Montreal Canadiens and the late 1980s Edmonton Oilers, two of the greatest hockey dynasties ever.
The Canucks, like fellow 1970 league entrant Buffalo, is still awaiting its inaugural championship. This will be their third attempt. Vancouver's Cinderella run in 1982 came to an end against the juggernaut New York Islanders, and their best chance before now came down to the wire in Game 7 on Madison Square Garden ice in 1994 against the Rangers.
Feb 27, 2011: Boston 3 at Vancouver 1
The clubs played a terrific game at Rogers Arena, with Milan Lucic banging in the winner on a rebound past Roberto Luongo with just over four minutes left in the third. Boston, which trailed 1-0 at the first, got a second period goal from Nathan Horton and an empty netter from Patrice Bergeron. Lucic assisted on both goals.
The biggest reason the game is relatively meaningless: Vancouver was at the tail end of their crazy string of blue-line injuries, with key men Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa not on the ice. They did have currently-injured forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Manny Malhotra in the lineup, and Malhotra scored Vancouver's lone goal.
- BOS vs. West: 8-5-3
- VAN vs. East: 11-5-2
- Luongo vs BOS: 24 GP, 11-9-3, 4 SO, 2.41 GAA, .929 SV%
- B.C. connections: Milan Lucic, Cam Neely, Mark Recchi
- Olympic teammates: Patrice Bergeron, Roberto Luongo
- Award battle: Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo (Vezina Trophy)
- Notable historic trade: Sorry, we had to bring it up. Boston sends impressive point man Barry Pederson to Vancouver for the raw Cam Neely in 1986. Pederson doesn't nearly reach the 100-point standard he set in Boston, Neely morphs into a sniper and future Hall of Famer, and Boston uses the draft pick they also got in the deal to select capable blue-liner Glen Wesley.
Stanley Cup final schedule
|1||Wed. June 1||Boston/Tampa Bay at Vancouver||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|
|2||Sat. June 4||Boston/Tampa Bay at Vancouver||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|
|3||Mon. June 6||Vancouver at Boston/Tampa Bay||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|
|4||Wed. June 8||Vancouver at Boston/Tampa Bay||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|
|*5||Fri. June 10||Boston/Tampa Bay at Vancouver||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|
|*6||Mon. June 13||Vancouver at Boston/Tampa Bay||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|
|*7||Wed. June 15||Boston/Tampa Bay at Vancouver||5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET|