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Eye Openers: Three Cheers For The Canucks

Three reasons we are rooting for the Canucks to shake off their Boston blues (Vancouver has been outscored 12-1 over the last 100 minutes of play there) and win the Stanley Cup:

1. The Canucks are just the third team in the post-1967 expansion era to lead the league in most goals scored and fewest goals allowed in the same season. The other two teams to do so (the 1976-77 and 1977-78 Canadiens) each won the Stanley Cup.

2. The last team to allow eight goals in a Finals game and go on to win that season's Cup was the 1980 New York Islanders, who dropped Game 2 to your Philadelphia Flyers, 8-3, at the Spectrum. The Islanders would win the series in Game 6, the Leon Stickle Game. (If you don't know what that means, Google it at your own risk.)

3. Vancouver would be the first Canadian team to win a title in any of the four major sports since ... (Phillies fans have our permission to look away for the rest of this item) ... 1993, when Toronto's Joe Carter had his way with Mitch Williams. (And if you are unsure about that reference, take some Tums before Googling it).