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Canucks forward Daniel Sedin didn’t disagree with Julien’s take on his power play, although Vancouver’s chances weren’t quite as juicy as Boston’s missed opportunities.

The Canucks had a 5-on-3 advantage that only lasted 8 seconds, Boston had a two-man advantage for 1:32. The Bruins started the game with a fruitless four-minute power play.

“We haven’t played Boston as much, so we didn’t know much about their penalty kill,” Sedin said. “When we’re standing around on the power play, we’re pretty easy to stop. We’re at our best when we’re unpredictable and moving the puck.”

As for the Bruins’ power play, which is down to 7.5 percent effectiveness in the playoffs after a 1-for-20 skid in the last six games, Julien liked some of the chances it created in Game 1, including nine shots on that early four-minute chance.

Judging by practice on Friday, the Bruins plan to keep 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara parked atop the Canucks’ crease rather than use his 100-mph slap shot at the point. Julien first used that tactic late in the Eastern Conference finals.

“We have way better chances now,” first-line center David Krejci said. “We’re shooting the puck more because we know he’s a big body and it’s tough to see around him for (Roberto) Luongo. Me and (Nathan) Horton have to get down there and help him out and play a 3-on-2 down there and try to out-battle them.”


NOTES: Teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals have won 42 of the 46 ensuing series. Detroit blew a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh in 2009. … Boston C Milan Lucic says he isn’t reading the papers or watching sports coverage on television, yet he still has opinions about it. “It’s clear that you guys aren’t giving us much of a chance,” the Vancouver native said in a news conference. “Obviously we can’t control what you guys say. That’s why we try not to watch or read too much of what you guys say.” … Canucks rookie C Cody Hodgson, who has played 12 playoff games but averaged just 6:45 in them, wasn’t at practice Friday, but coach Alain Vigneault said it was a matter of having too many players on the ice. … Although Vigneault said the Canucks wouldn’t change any routines during the Stanley Cup finals, Vancouver stayed in a hotel before Game 1.

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