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Nowitzki, whose finger-roll won Game 2 of the finals for the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, even recorded a congratulatory video message for the Canucks and Ehrhoff that played on the Rogers Arena scoreboard during Game 1.

“I saw it, and it was awesome,” Ehrhoff said. “Obviously he’s cheering for the Canucks, so it’s good.”

The shaggy-haired 7-footer might not be the biggest fan of German hockey, however: When he was asked about excluding Seidenberg from his message, Nowitzki acknowledged he had no idea who Seidenberg was _ which makes Seidenberg laugh.

“I follow him a lot,” Seidenberg said. “Obviously, he’s a superstar. I still think he’s a great player. It doesn’t change anything.”

Seidenberg has blossomed into a strong NHL player in his first full season with Boston. He scored a career-best 32 points in the regular season before teaming up with captain Zdeno Chara in the first playoff round to form a shutdown defensive pairing that’s logging plenty of ice time against Vancouver’s Sedin twins.

Both Ehrhoff and Seidenberg played for Krupp when he coached the German Olympic team in Turin, and they have fond childhood memories of Krupp’s triple-overtime goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.

“I was asleep when it happened, but I saw it right when I woke up,” Seidenberg said. “Everybody was proud of that.”


EX-BRUIN BACK: Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts played for Boston from 2005 to 2008, but doesn’t think the familiarity will help him overcome a one-month gap between games if he replaces Dan Hamhuis in Game 2 on Saturday.

“So much has changed since I left,” Alberts said, noting that only a handful of players remain from his time with the Bruins. “You know, a couple tendencies here and there, but nothing major. They have a new identity.”

At 6-foot-5, Alberts creates a bigger physical presence than other possible replacements, such as Keith Ballard. The biggest challenge for Alberts will be shaking off rust.

The six-year veteran played 42 games in the regular season, but has only three playoff appearances _ none since May 3 in the second round.

“Just getting used to the speed out there,” Alberts said. “Keep things simple, try to get a hit in early so you relax a little. Make the smart plays, keep the game easy, don’t try to do too much.”


POWERLESS PLAYS: With all the attention on a Boston power play that continues to sputter along, Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested the Canucks were getting off easy after also going 0 for 6 in Game 1.

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