You see, when both of these teams last appeared in the Stanley Cup final, they ended in very similar fashion.
The Bruins were last in the final in 1990, losing to the Wayne Gretzky-less Edmonton Oilers. Here is how that ended:
The Canucks were last in the Stanley Cup final in 1994, facing the New York Rangers, who had acquired Mr. Messier a couple of years prior. Of course, the final image of 1994 looked a lot like this:
The resulting image has been burned into the psyche of fans of both the Bruins and the Canucks ever since.
Now both teams are entangled in the 2011 Stanley Cup final, and Mark Messier is nowhere to be found. Whoever ultimately wins in 2011 will erase the image of defeat in Messier's humongous grin.
Who will it be? I predict whoever wins game 5 will win the Stanley Cup. And I am going to pick Vancouver to win game 5. But there will be a game 7.