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Reading list: Inside the Canucks' fast start

Monday, 05.16.2011 / 10:38 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Conference Finals

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Reading list: Inside the Canucks' fast start
First blood has been drawn in the conference finals by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks.

Monday is a rare dark day during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with all four teams remaining off before the Lightning and Boston Bruins resume the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday at TD Garden. The Bruins will be looking to avenge a 5-2 loss in the opener to the Lightning, who have now won eight in a row dating back to their first-round series against the Penguins.

Meanwhile, the Canucks got off to the start they wanted against the Sharks with a pair of third-period goals to rally for a 3-2 win on Sunday night. Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals will be Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.

Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:

Sedin twins take charge
They were MIA for large portions of Vancouver's second-round series win over Nashville, but Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin had their fingerprints all over the Canucks' Game 1 victory against the Sharks. Dan Rosen has the scoop on just how top of their games the twins were.

Bieksa chips in a key one
The Canucks aren't looking to their veteran defenseman to spearhead the offense, but a goal every now and again is nice. There were probably none nicer than the one Kevin Bieksa scored in the third period Sunday to tie the score. Dan Rosen provides a Q&A in which Bieksa discusses his goal and other key components of Vancouver's series-opening win.

Sharks let one slip away
They got the start they wanted, getting a Joe Thornton goal off a mistake by Roberto Luongo, and led 2-1 heading into the third period. However, as Dhiren Mahiban tells us, San Jose couldn't close the door in Game 1 and finds itself down in a series for the first time this year.

Thornton sees room to improve
A goal, a penalty, and another goal. In a brief span of the third period, the Sharks saw a one-goal lead quickly turn into a one-goal deficit against the Canucks. Joe Thornton spoke with the media after the game, and Dhiren Mahiban relays his message that San Jose must turn its focus in Game 2 toward a better 60-minute effort.

Moore a key component for Bolts
Tampa Bay's amazing run through these playoffs goes way beyond just the goaltending of Dwayne Roloson and the surprise scoring of Sean Bergenheim. Other role players on the Lightning are chipping in, and Corey Masisak addresses the play of Dominic Moore, who helps make the line with Bergenheim and Steve Downie click.

Bruins feel Bergeron's absence
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron did some skating Sunday, as he tries to work his way back from a concussion. The Bruins tried their best to adjust to life without the playmaking center in Game 1, and as Shawn Roarke reports, it didn't go particularly well for them.

Minnesota tribute to Boogaard
Derek Boogaard, who died Friday at the age of 28, played the majority of his NHL career with the Wild, and on Sunday many of his fans joined his family and other loved ones for a memorial inside Xcel Energy Center to remember a feared fighter on the ice who was a "teddy bear" off it.
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