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SCF: Canucks have travel advantage

BOSTON -- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault believes his team could have an edge over the Bruins when it comes to cross-continental travel even though both Vancouver and Boston were both forced to make the same 2,500-mile trip. It might explain why the Canucks have been so good in the third period.

Vancouver travels much farther distances during the regular season and hired psychologists and inquired in military sleep experts to help manage their rest. The Canucks travel more miles than any team in the NHL given their home in British Columbia. 

The Bruins, playing in the Northeast, are within an hour flight for most if their trips. The only time they travel more than two hours is when they play Western Conference teams.

 "We're more accustomed to traveling than Boston," Vigneault said. "We're more accustomed to time zone changes. We've done that all year long. Because we travel the most in the NHL, that's one of the reasons why we try to get a scientific approach to where our guys would have the utmost energy. I think throughout the season, it worked out fine." 

--Bucky Gleason 

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