Sedin twins' path to Stanley Cup blocked by Bruins

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Daniel Sedin absently scratched his red playoff beard, thinking back on a decade of struggle and setbacks before the Vancouver Canucks reached the Stanley Cup finals against Boston.

Across the hallway, his identical twin rubbed his identical beard exactly the same way.

Henrik Sedin was considering a more pressing problem, however. Now that the Swedish superstars are finally close enough to touch the Stanley Cup, how do they get it away from hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara and the bruising Bruins?

One championship drought will end for one long-suffering hockey-loving city after Vancouver faces Boston, starting Wednesday night.

The Bruins have lost five straight trips to the finals, while the Canucks have never won it all.