Five things the Bruins must do to win the Cup

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

VANCOUVER - It likely won't be this easy on the left coast.

Yes, the Boston Bruins outscored the Vancouver Canucks by 11 goals in Beantown en route to shredding Roberto Luongo and pulling even in the 2011 Stanley Cup final.

But now, with the series deadlocked at 2-2 and heading into a best of three, the Bruins still need to win once on Vancouver ice if they want to take the title.

Here are five things the Bruins must do from here on in if they want to win the Cup.

1. TOE THE LINE

The Bruins have been walking a fine line when it comes to playing on the edge. Brad Marchand has been an impact player but his mocking antics during stoppages in play might land him in the sin bin if Mike Murphy's crackdown plays out. Yes, the Canucks power play has struggled, going 1-for-21. But it's a ticking time bomb, one that is poised to go off.

2. DUMP AND THUMP

Dan Hamhuis is one of the most underrated defencemen in the league when it comes to carrying the puck. While he'sbeen out, Vancouver blueliners have been looking over their shoulders while retrieving pucks in their own zone. Are you listening, Milan Lucic?

3. SHOW THOMAS SOME LOVE

When Tim Thomas hasn't been standing on his head, he's been knocking the Canucks on theirs. He shouldn't have to. Boston must cut down on its shots allowed because, at some point, The Great Wall of Thomas will crack. So far in these playoffs, Thomas has made 701 saves, the second most in any one post-season in NHL history. At some point, fatigue will set in.

4. BARE YOUR FANGS EARLY

After beating Luongo 12 times in Boston, an early goal in Game 5 could very well turn the passionate Vancouver fans against the home side. The Bruins have just one first-period goal in this series, so it is paramount they come out of the gate better. Remember, in order to capture the Cup, they will need a victory in B.C. sooner or later.

5. SMOTHER THE SEDINS

Now that Thomas is in the heads of the twins, Zdeno Chara and Co. must continue to physically punish the Sedins, who have combined for just two points in four games. They've had their chances and could snap out of their funk at any time, so pounding both will be paramount.

Mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca

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