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Sedin twins wear matching sweaters in Canucks’ ugly Christmas sweater picture

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Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are twins. They both play for the Vancouver Canucks. It’s really, really cute, and the Sedin brothers took things to an entirely new level recently when they posed with some teammates while wearing matching ugly Christmas sweaters.

As you can see from the photo above that Bure’s Triple Deke shared on Twitter, some of the Canucks players had some fun rocking horrible Christmas sweaters earlier this week. The Sedins stole the show by wearing identical sweaters with frilly collars and everything. And there was also this from Roberto Luongo, who got pretty comfortable with Ryan Kessler during the photo shoot.

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Bruins Refused Shots from Canucks Fan Ryan Reynolds After Argument

Like any wild pack of happy hockey bros should, the Boston Bruins partied hard after they won the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship.  They took a trip down to Foxwoods Resort Casino and reportedly ran up a tab of $156,000 — even though most of the damage from that resulted from gifts people had given them.  Heck, even former LBS writer Shallon Lester found her way into the headlines for partying with the Bruins post-victory.

One man who did not party with the boys from Boston was actor Ryan Reynolds, who is a known Vancouver Canucks fan.  According to the Boston Herald, some of the Bruins players were out continuing to celebrate at Red Lantern a few nights ago (so what if they won almost three months ago?) when they had an interaction with Reynolds.  The source claims Reynolds and the 22 players and friends got mouthy with one another in what sounded like a typical sports trash-talking scenario.  For whatever reason, Reynolds decided to send 22 shots of tequila over to the Bruins’ table.

In picture-perfect screw you fashion, the Boston players and their crew passed the shots along to a table full of women who were enjoying a bachelorette party.  Yes, the gesture was a nice one from Reynolds.  That doesn’t make the Bruins decision is any less hilarious.  If anything, Reynolds should just be thankful Shawn Thornton didn’t decide to punch him out.

H/T to Deadspin for the story.

Daniel Sedin Guarantees Game 7 Win for Canucks in Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin has guaranteed his team will win the decisive Game 7 against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup Wednesday. Yes, try to hold back your Ace Ventura muttering laugh over that one. Daniel believes Vancouver’s home ice advantage will be the deciding factor in Game 7.

“We’re 3-3 and we won all three games at home and we have the fourth game at home,” Sedin said after losing Monday. “So we have the seventh game at home and we’ll take that. We are confident.”

Sedin then repeated his guarantee a second time saying “We lose as a team and win as a team and we’re going to win Game 7.”

During our time at LBS, several athletes have made guarantees. With the exception of Tim Thomas’ guarantee the Bruins would win the Eastern Conference Finals, most guarantees end up flopping.

You have to admire Daniel’s confidence in his team, but you also have to wonder if he just wasn’t a bit woozy from being punched in the head six times by Brad Marchand. All I know is I didn’t grow my beard for two months (seriously, this thing is out of hand) to see the Bruins lose in Game 7.

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Cory Schneider: Roberto Luongo Deserves to Start in Goal for Game 5

The Vancouver Canucks have lost two games in a row since going up 2-0 on the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. Boston has not just won two in a row, they’ve spanked the Canucks outscoring them 12-1. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo had to be pulled towards the end of Game 4 and backup Cory Schneider replaced him once it became 4-0. The poor showing by Luongo the past two games has sparked a debate: which goalie should start Game 5 for Vancouver? Schneider says it still should be Luongo.

“I am ready for anything but I am not expecting anything one way or another. As far as I’m concerned, three lucky goals off our sticks, off our bodies, and I’m not sure what Lou (Roberto Luongo) could have done differently on most of them. So I don’t really see him at fault and he deserves to play the next game.”

Schneider supports Luongo and I’m guessing coach Alain Vigneault will too. However, if he got pulled it wouldn’t be the first time these playoffs. In the first round, the Canucks were up 3-0 in their series with the Blackhawks before being forced into a Game 7. After Vancouver was outscored 12-2 in Games 4 and 5 against Chicago, Schneider started Game 6 and lost before Luongo was put back in place for Game 7.

Vancouver to Reignite Olympic Cauldron in Support of Canucks

Do you think the people of Vancouver like hockey?  Maybe just a little bit.  When the Canadian national team won the gold medal in hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, none of us were surprised.  The United States put up a fight, but the Canadians seemed destined to win on their home soil.  As Puck Daddy pointed out on Sunday, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is looking to inject some of that magic into the Canucks before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Two hours before the puck drops on Monday in Boston, the Olympic cauldron that was built for the 2010 Winter Games will be reignited as a show of support for the Canucks.  Vancouver currently holds a 2-0 series lead over the Bruins after two heartbreaking losses for Boston to begin the series.  A win on Monday would all but bring the Cup to Vancouver.  Whether you’re a Vancouver fan or not, you have to admit the gesture is pretty cool.

EA Sports Simulation Correctly Predicted Bruins-Canucks Stanley Cup Finals

The folks at EA Sports simulate the NHL season each year using their NHL 11 video game, and the video game correctly predicted a Canucks-Bruins Stanley Cup Finals. The simulations occurred in October and they also correctly predicted that the Canucks would win the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in the League.

Since the playoffs began, they have simulated the outcome of all 14 playoff series and got 13 correct. The only simulation that came out wrong was the Red Wings-Sharks series won by San Jose in seven games. The simulation had Detroit winning in seven.

EA’s simulation had the Canucks winning the Cup in seven games over the Bruins back in October, but they plan to re-run the simulation on Monday using updated information. Last year they correctly predicted the Blackhawks would win the Cup. As a Bruins fan, I’m just hoping the system picks Boston. If that doesn’t happen, then the Bruins will just have to prove the system wrong.

Video: Kevin Bieksa Sends Vancouver Canucks to Cup on Hidden Puck Goal

The Vancouver Canucks have reached their third Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history, and they did so on one of the flukiest goals you will see. First off, the Canucks scored with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 2 and send it to overtime. Then in the second overtime, Kevin Bieksa scored the winning goal on one of the strangest plays you’ll see. Check out this video of Kevin Bieksa’s goal that sent Vancouver to the Cup:

Think about this from San Jose’s side for a second — this team is a perennial disappointment in the playoffs, and they not only blew a 2-1 lead with 16 seconds left, but they also lost on a goal where nobody on their defense saw the puck. I’d say that’s the most lackluster big goal I’ve seen, but last year’s Stanley Cup winner by Patrick Kane can compare. The only difference is the puck didn’t take any funny bounces there like it did here. There isn’t much to say about this hidden puck goal except that the Canucks seemed to have had a greater force on their side. Oh yeah, and Sharks fans, man do I feel your pain. No fan should have to endure such an awful gut punch.