VANCOUVER -- The Canucks haven't seem game action since eliminating the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. In an attempt to stay sharp during their eight-day layoff before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Bruins, the team scrimmaged before working on special teams in a practice that featured two sessions and lasted an hour and 15 minutes. 

Coach Alain Vigneault noted that it was the second time since the conference finals concluded that he has had his team scrimmage.

Bruins coach Claude Julien admitted Monday to one of the long-standing traditions of NHL coaches and players who compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Julien said he has avoided coming in direct contact with the oldest trophy in North American professional sports and will keep from having his picture taken with it until he's earned that privilege by winning it. 

Approximately 2,000 raucous fans attended a rally outside TD Garden to send off the Bruins as they left for Vancouver and the opening of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night in British Columbia. 

VANCOUVER — Rumor has it that were it not for some confusion over how to spell “Oreskovich,” the Stanley Cup already would be engraved with the names of the 2010-11 Canucks. 



Speaking to the media at TD Garden prior to the Bruins' practice Sunday morning, team owner Jeremy Jacobs talked about his intentions for the future of the franchise now that the B's find themselves in the Stanley Cup finals. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli revealed Saturday that forward Nathan Horton was fined by the league for squirting Tampa fans and then throwing a water bottle into the crowd following Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"You know that’s an unfortunate incident. I didn’t really focus on it and I didn’t talk to Nathan about it," Chiarelli said. "He has been fined, so that issue has been resolved."

Even through all the celebrating, each member of the team paying homage to game-winning-goal bank Nathan Horton by smiling just as wide as the happy-go-lucky winger and high-fiving by teammates as they walked by one another, the fact that the Bruins had reached the



Bruins assistant captain Mark Recchi made his decision to return for a 22nd season in the NHL last summer, electing to re-up with the B's after the team was eliminated in the second round by the Flyers. Now that his team is in the Stanley Cup finals, the two-time Cup winner said after Friday's Eastern Conference-clinching victory over the Lightning that this is what he had in mind when he decided to return.

Tim Thomas has waited his whole career to get to this point and now the Bruins goalie will have the chance to play on hockey's biggest stage and play for the most famous trophy in all of North American sports. Thomas stopped all 24 shots Friday night, posting his second shutout of the playoffs and third career in the postseason, in Boston's 1-0 win that sends them to the Stanley Cup finals starting Wednesday in Vancouver. 

Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in the third period to snap a scoreless tie and send the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Lightning in an electrifying Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. The win sends the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 21 years and gives them a date with Vancouver Canucks starting next Wednesday in British Columbia. Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who are now four wins from their first Stanley Cup title since 1972.