The wait is almost over.
Tuesday marks the fourth day that will have passed since the Boston Bruins
shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning
1-0 to make the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1990, where they will face off against a team that hadn't been there in 17 years in the Vancouver Canucks
The puck drops Wednesday night at 8 p.m. (NBC, CBC, RDS) at Rogers Arena as the Bruins try to end a Cup drought that dates back to 1972 and the Canucks look to bring home the first title in their 40-year franchise history.
As we count down those final hours until the Final begins, here is your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Malhotra seems likely for Game 1
It's hardly unthinkable that the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks would be playing in the Final. But if Manny Malhotra
suits up for the series opener, it will be nothing short of miraculous, after a serious eye injury suffered in March was thought to have ended his season while possibly threatening his career. Dhiren Mahiban
has the latest on Malhotra, who paired with Maxim Lapierre
on a penalty-killing unit at practice Monday, a good sign that he is likely to play.
Seguin earning his keep with Bruins
If not for a concussion suffered by Patrice Bergeron
in the series finale against the Flyers, it's likely Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin
would still be watching from the press box. But Seguin got his chance against the Lightning and capitalized, and as Matt Kalman
tells us, the 19-year-old hopes he'll continue to get an opportunity in the Stanley Cup Final.
Canucks deal with many requests
There's no hotter ticket in Vancouver right now than to the Stanley Cup Final, and as Dhiren Mahiban
reports, Canucks players are playing the dual role of ticket broker and travel agent as families and friends look to join in on the fun.
Combine's opening day hectic
Imagine having to rush around to get to a job interview. Now imagine having to rush to dozens of potential job interviews in the same day. This starts to give you an idea of what the first day of the NHL Scouting Combine was like for some of the top prospects for the upcoming Entry Draft. Mike Morreale
sets the scene from Toronto.