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SCF: Pregame Notes

BOSTON -- Here are few facts, figures and more going into Game Three:

* Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis will likely miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury suffered in Game One. Ex-Bruins blueliner Andrew Alberts is expected to replace him after playing well in Game Two.

* Referees Dan O'Rourke and Stephen Walkon will call the game with Steve Miller and Pierre Racicot working the lines.

* Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas have stopped a combined 127 of 133 shots in the first two games, giving them a .955 save percentage. The best combined save percentage belonged to Dominik Hasek and Ed Belfour, who stopped 329 of 351 shots over six games in 1999.

* The Canucks won the first two games, but they've actually held the lead for less than the Bruins going into Game Three. The Bruins have led for 18 minutes, two seconds while the Canucks have had an advantage for 17 minutes, seven seconds. The two teams have been tied for nearly 71 percent of the time in the first two games.

* Look for Ryan Kesler and Patrice Bergeron in the event of a big faceoff late in the game. Kesler has won 54.6 percent of his draws while Kesler has taken 62.2 percent. Vancouver's Manny Malhotra was  actually better than both during the regular season but has been limited to one playoff game, playing 7:26 in Game Two.

* The Bruins are supposedly the more aggressive team, but Kevin Bieksa (71), Maxim Lapierre (69) and Ryan Kesler (61) each have more hits -- according to the stats -- in the playoffs than Boston's top three hitters, Milan Lucic (50), Johnny Boychuk (49) and Dennis Seidenberg (45). All six have played 20 games.

--- Bucky Gleason

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