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READY FOR THEIR CLOSE-UPS
PIERRE MCGUIRE
June 06, 2011
THE BATTLE FOR STANLEY CUP SUPREMACY BETWEEN THE BRUINS AND THE CANUCKS WILL BE WAGED BY SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE GAME. A FORMER NHL COACH BREAKS DOWN THE THREE CRITICAL MATCHUPS
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June 06, 2011

Ready For Their Close-ups

THE BATTLE FOR STANLEY CUP SUPREMACY BETWEEN THE BRUINS AND THE CANUCKS WILL BE WAGED BY SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE GAME. A FORMER NHL COACH BREAKS DOWN THE THREE CRITICAL MATCHUPS

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ZDENO CHARA Defenseman

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HENRIK SEDIN Center

Chara, who stands 6'9", is one of the NHL's best defenders down low, using his nearly 7-foot stick to break up plays, particularly in the corners. Sedin—who leads the playoffs with 19 assists—has an uncanny knack for cycling the puck and wearing down defenders, along with his twin brother, Daniel. But it won't be easy to tire Chara and partner Dennis Seidenberg. The pair has logged heavy minutes throughout the postseason, and their physical style will test the twins.

DAVID KREJCI Center

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RYAN KESLER Center

Both players are highly skilled and play with grit and passion. The 6'2", 198-pound Kesler, one of the league's best two-way forwards, will most likely use his size against the smaller Krejci, who is 6 feet and 177 pounds, but the latter will have the support of imposing wingers Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. The trio makes up the Bruins' highest-scoring line (with 21 playoff goals), but it must limit turnovers—Kesler has the speed to punish even small mistakes.

TIM THOMAS Goalie

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