After defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in a grueling 1-0 victory at the TD Garden tonight, the Boston Bruins will make their first NHL Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1990. Their opponents: the Vancouver Canucks.
Game 1 between the two will begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.
Here are a handful of all-time historical stats and facts between these two East vs. West rivals.
BOSTON BRUINS VS. VANCOUVER CANUCKS LIFETIME STATS AND FACTS
- 108 total meetings between Boston and Vancouver with the Bruins boasting a 68-24-15-1 winning record
- The Bruins have outscored the Canucks 437-299
- Boston posts an all-time 29-17-8-0 record on the road in Vancouver with a 215-172 scoring edge
- The B’s are 3-0-1 in their last four meetings with the ‘Nucks
- The Canucks have shutout the Bruins just once in their lifetime series — 6-0 on Jan. 15, 1996 in Boston
- Two of the last three Bruins wins against Vancouver were shutouts, via Tim Thomas: 1-0 in Vancouver on Oct. 28, 2008, and a 2-0 win on Dec. 21, 2006 in Boston
- Thomas is 3-0-0 lifetime against the Canucks, has stopped 97-of-98 shots-against (27-of-28 this past regular season; 31 saves in ’08; and 39 stops in ’06 for his second NHL career shutout) for a grand total of .990 save-percentage (SV%) and 0.33 goals-against average (GAA)
- Their last meeting, a 3-1 win in Vancouver, Milan Lucic posted 1-2-3 totals, a team-high plus-3, and 3 shots on goal…
- Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron also had goals…Tomas Kaberle, David Krejci, and Dennis Seidenberg all posted one assist each
- Mark Recchi: 15-11-26 in 32 career games against the Canucks
- Milan Lucic: 1-2-3 and 12 shots on net in three games
- Nathan Horton: 2-1-3, plus-4 in four games
- Michael Ryder: 4-3-7 totals, 22 shots on goal in seven career games
- Shawn Thornton: 0-2-2 and 23 PIM in 8 contests versus Vancouver