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Canucks kick back: Finals set to start June 1

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa never doubted teammate Ryan Kesler would come back after limping off the ice and into the locker room during Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

And there was no question Kesler, who returned to score the tying goal with 13.2 seconds left in regulation, would be ready to start the Stanley Cup finals, especially after the NHL announced they won't begin until June 1.

But it's just as clear other Canucks will benefit from the break.

Coach Alain Vigneault said defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome, both hurt during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, will be ready when the finals start against either Tampa Bay or Boston.

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