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Canucks

1. Killer instinct: They are one win away from a championship, but are 3-4 this postseason when they have a chance to finish off a series.

2. Bounce passes: And any other pass (back-door, give-and-go, etc) designed to take advantage of Tim Thomas's propensity to play well outside of his crease.

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Bruins

1. Goals: They were abundant in Boston, but were non-existent in Vancouver. Does the trend hold?

2. Tomas Kaberle: Is he going to be the biggest trade aquisition bust ever, or does the former Maple Leaf have some competitive fire? If so, the time is now.

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B.C. sports correspondent

Based in Vancouver, Matthew spearheads the Globe's sports coverage in B.C., and spends most of his time with the NHL Canucks and CFL Lions. He has worked for four dailies and TSN since graduating from Carleton University's School of Journalism a decade ago, and has covered the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Grey Cups, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals. More

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