The Bruins held one final practice on Monday before departing for Vancouver and their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1990.
Boston, the No. 3 seed out of the Eastern Conference, had just one glimpse of the dominant Canucks in the regular season: a 3-1 win in Vancouver in which goaltender Tim Thomas made 26 saves.
But that doesn't mean the Bruins will take the league's No. 1 seed lightly. Vancouver, after all, cruised to a Northwest Division title, and led the NHL with 117 points, 10 more than any other team.
"Obviously, they're a President's Trophy winner, they're a great hockey team, deep and well coached, and we'll look at things we have to do," Bruins forward Mark Recchi said. "Any key to your team's success is how you play personally. I think we focus on what we do ourselves. Our coaching staff will give us their tendencies, and their coaching staff will give them our tendencies. It's who's going to want it more."
By the time the puck drops for Game 1 on Wednesday, the Canucks, who beat San Jose in five games to win the Western Conference title, will have had seven days off.
The Canucks have many weapons to focus on, most notably Daniel and Henrik Sedin, a pair of twin forwards who, along with forward Ryan Kesler and goaltender Roberto Luongo, have led this Vancouver renaissance. Together, the Sedins have 37 points this postseason, and Daniel has eight goals.
"You want to try to not be over-aggressive, because once you do that, they spin off of you and that's what they want to try to accomplish, be one guy and then two on the next," Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "They're really good at finding each other, with the give-and-gos, and the blind pass behind the back. That's a real challenge for us, to be aggressive but not be stupid about it."