Milan Lucic hopes history repeats itself.
In the only meeting between his Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks in the 2010-11 regular season, the Vancouver-area native scored the winner and assisted on two other goals in a 3-1 victory by the visitors at Rogers Arena on Feb. 27.
Trailing 1-0 after the opening period, the Bruins tied the game on a goal by Nathan Horton, who has gone on to become the team's playoff scoring hero. Then, with less than four minutes remaining in the third, Lucic potted a rebound past Roberto Luongo to give Boston its first lead of the night.
Patrice Bergeron added an empty netter to seal the deal.
Manny Maholtra, who has received clearance to play in the final, scored the lone goal for the Canucks. Vancouver was missing defenceman Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa at the time due to injuries.
In the end, that means nothing to these two teams right now.
Other than to Milan Lucic, of course.