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Reading list: Let's drop the puck

Saturday, 06.04.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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Reading list: Let's drop the puck
Reading list: Let's drop the puck
If you're anything like those of us here at NHL.com, you're ready for some hockey.

After a two-day break following Vancouver's 1-0 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks and Boston Bruins get back on the ice tonight at Rogers Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). Expect both teams to come out with lots of pent-up energy after their back-to-back days off -- time spent practicing and answering a myriad of questions from the media covering the Final.

As you get ready to enjoy Game 2, here is your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:

Bruins still confident
Losing Game 1 of the Final is nothing new to the Bruins this spring -- they've dropped the opening game in three of the four series they've played. But they've rebounded to win after falling behind Montreal in the opening round and Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals, and as Dave Lozo writes, they're confident they can do it again.

The biggest Bruin

At 6-foot-9, Zdeno Chara is the biggest player in the history of the Boston Bruins. But as Corey Masisak writes, Chara really is the biggest presence on the Bruins -- he's a physical force on the blue line, a key to the power play and, as captain, a leader on and off the ice.

The third Sedin
Alexandre Burrows isn't Swedish, and his last name isn't Sedin. But he's worked hard to earn his role riding shotgun with Henrik and Daniel. Dan Rosen talks with Burrows and with New York Islanders scout Trent Klatt about being the third wheel with the twins.

New look for Canucks' blue line

The Vancouver Canucks say defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who left with an injury in Game 1, is day-to-day. But he didn't practice Friday, when the Canucks used a variety of pairings on D. Dan Rosen takes a look at how Vancouver's blue line could be different for Game 2.

Malhotra skates; will he play?
Manny Malhotra was back on the ice at Vancouver's practice Friday and could make his playoff debut Saturday night -- less than three months after taking a puck in the eye that was expected to end his season. Dhiren Mahiban was at practice and looks at the possible effects of Malhotra's return.

Cory's story / Behind the Rask
Both backup goaltenders, Cory Schneider of the Canucks and Tuukka Rask of the Bruins, are sharing their thoughts with NHL.com readers during the Final.

Alternate possibilities
There's been a lot of pre-draft chatter that Red Deer center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be the No. 1 pick in next month's Entry Draft. But as the top prospects went through their paces during the fitness testing portion of the NHL Scouting Combine, Mike G. Morreale looks at two other candidates for the top spot -- Swedes Gabriel Landeskog and Adam Larsson.


Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares