The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks will battle for the Cup when they face off in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, with Game 1 set for Wednesday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia (8 p.m. EDT; TV/Radio: NBC/WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub).
Boston is making its first trip back to the Stanley Cup Finals since losing to the Edmonton Oilers in five games in 1990. The Bruins last won a Stanley Cup title in 1972 and have won a total of five championships in franchise history.
The road to the Cup Finals has not been an easy one for the Bruins, which were pushed to the brink in the opening round of the playoffs, beating the rival Montreal Canadiens in overtime of Game 7 in Boston.
Boston proceeded to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in the conference semifinals before defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals on Nathan Horton's game-winning goal in the third period.
Vancouver, which has never won a Stanley Cup, is making its third appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals and first since the 1993-94 season. The Canucks have won three conference titles in franchise history, advancing to the Cup in 1981-82, 1993-94 and 2010-11.
The Canucks' path to the Cup Finals has also been bump at times, with Vancouver being pushed to Game 7 in the first round by the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks before winning 2-1 in the clinching game.
This year's Stanley Cup Finals will be broadcast on NBA and Versus and the entire series can be heard on the radio on WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub. Here's a look at the series schedule (all times eastern).
2011 Stanley Cup Finals - Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
Game 1: Boston at Vancouver - Wed., June 1 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: NBC/WBZ-FM)
Game 2: Boston at Vancouver - Saturday, June 4 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: NBC/WBZ-FM)
Game 3: Vancouver at Boston - Monday, June 6 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: Versus/WBZ-FM)
Game 4: Vancouver at Boston - Wed., June 8 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: Versus/WBZ-FM)
*Game 5: Boston at Vancouver - Friday, June 10 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: NBC/WBZ-FM)
*Game 6: Vancouver at Boston - Monday, June 13 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: NBC/WBZ-FM)
*Game 7: Boston at Vancouver - Wed., June 15 (8 p.m.; TV/Radio: NBC/WBZ-FM)
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