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NHL Playoffs: Stopping the Sedins key to the Cup

Vancouver has a unique two-headed weapon on the offensive end. The twins could decide the series.

The Bruins have packed plenty of offense into their Stanley Cup playoffs run.



But even though Boston has scored more goals (58) than their finals opponents from Vancouver (51), the Canucks have something the B’s don’t:



The Sedin twins.



Henrik Sedin, the center and captain, leads the league with 21 postseason points (two goals, 19 assists). Daniel Sedin, a left wing, has 16 playoff points (eight goals, eight assists) after topping the NHL in regular-season scoring.



Is Boston ready for that?



“In the first series, it was [Tomas] Plekanec and [Michael] Cammalleri and [Brian] Gionta and those guys,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “Second, it was Philly with one of the highest-scoring offenses during the regular season. And last series, we had [Steven] Stamkos, [Vincent] Lecavalier and [Martin] St. Louis.



“So I’m sure we’re well prepared for what’s going to come at us.”



The Sedins managed just two shots between them in the lone regular-season meeting of the teams, a 3-1 B’s win on Feb. 26. But that’s not giving Boston a false sense of security.



“Obviously they’re very dynamic,” B’s forward Mark Recchi said. “They have little plays all over the place. Their whole line, they play very well.”



Finals homecoming for Bruins Lucic



Milan Lucic grew up in East Vancouver, so he knows more than a little about the feeling in British Columbia these days.



“In Vancouver, there’s a buzz in that city like never before,” the Bruin said. “Everyone’s excited, and the city is real confident in the team that they have.”



Lucic just can’t get his hometown buddies into the games. “I just tell everyone, ‘Stubhub.com,’” he said.



Not just happy to be there



Tim Thomas is happy to be in the Stanley Cup finals.



But the Bruins goalie and Vezina Trophy favorite is far from satisfied with where the team sits now.



“It’s a big accomplishment,” he said. “But you don’t dream of getting to the Stanley Cup finals; you dream of winning the Stanley Cup. So there’s still more work to be done.”



Game 1 of the series is tomorrow night in Vancouver (8 p.m., NBC, 98.5 FM).

 
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