A Stanley Cup Final guide for the bandwagon Canucks fan

A Stanley Cup Final guide for the bandwagon Canucks fan

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo, of Finland, celebrates his second goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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by Danny O'Neil / Seattle Times

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Posted on May 31, 2011 at 7:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:11 PM

Seattle is getting close to a shot at the Stanley Cup, but that proximity has nothing to do with any attempt to bring a team to the area.

By close, we mean three hours of driving and one border crossing as the Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Final for the third time, playing the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven series that begins Wednesday in Vancouver.

There might even be room on the bandwagon for Vancouver's shirttail cousins to the south. Seattle has its own hockey pedigree and a couple of minor-league teams in the area. But until someone can assemble a suitable arena, the Canucks are as close as Seattle will get to the NHL.

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