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Olympic history in Canucks' corner

Saturday, 05.28.2011 / 4:39 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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Olympic history in Canucks' corner
The Canucks hope the fact that Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics follows a trend that brings the Stanley Cup to them.
Teams look for all possible good omens at this time of year. The Canucks hope the fact that this is the year after the Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver is a sign that the Stanley Cup will come to town this spring.

Prior to 2010, the Olympics had come to Canada twice – and each time, the NHL team in the host city won the Stanley Cup in the following year.

The pattern began with the Summer Olympics in Montreal in 1976. A year later, the Canadiens won the second of their four consecutive Stanley Cups. Calgary hosted the Winter Games in February 1988. A year later, the Flames defeated Montreal for the only Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Canucks, who begin this year's Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), hope to continue the trend.

Quote of the Day

Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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