On paper, the Vancouver Canucks are a better hockey team than the Boston Bruins. It's close, and with Tim Thomas, there's no reason that the Bruins can't win the Stanley Cup, but as constituted, the offensive firepower the Canucks possess is just so overwhelming.
If there's one true equalizer that's not named Thomas, though, in my eyes, it's the physical play Boston brings to the table. We won't call the Canucks soft... but, well, alright, they're a little fluffy. The only way to really stop the offensive power of Vancouver is to simply get all over the puck carrier, eliminate time and space with the puck and prevent the Sedin twins and the other weapons of the Canucks from getting creative.
Slowly but surely as the first period went on, the Bruins got their physical game going. They began slowing the Canucks down a little bit and taking the body after a bit of a tentative start. It's a good sign for Boston as we hit the second period of Game 1 with a 0-0 score.
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