Vancouver to brush away cobwebs against Boston

Wed Jun 1, 2011 11:40am EDT
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Vancouver Canucks will have to shake some rust off their skates when they finally take to the ice on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins in the NHL's Stanley Cup championship.

It will have been eight days since Vancouver won the Western Conference title against San Jose as they had to wait for Boston to win the Eastern Conference and for the NHL to accommodate television schedule demands and arena conflicts.

Boston last played on Friday when they beat Tampa Bay.

"It definitely was a long stretch between games," said Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, who used the break to recover from an injury he suffered against San Jose.

"We tried our best to stay focused. We had some good practices, and we've got to be ready once the puck is dropped tomorrow," Ehrhoff told reporters on Tuesday.

The Canucks and Bruins rarely play each other in the regular season, with Boston winning the only contest they had this year.

Both teams admit the first game will be a learning process.

"Maybe early in game one you will see it from both teams, a little bit of a feeling-out process where will try to get our legs under us and get a feel for them because we really don't know a lot about each other," said Cory Schneider, Vancouver's backup goaltender.   Continued...