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First-round breakdown: Canucks-Blues

Updated: April 14, 2009, 7:01 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

Talk about two hot teams meeting in the first round.

The Vancouver Canucks have steamrolled through the NHL since Feb. 1, going an amazing 23-7-2 to close out the regular season. But they face a St. Louis Blues squad that's been nearly as good over the same stretch (21-7-6).

Both clubs are riding excellent goaltending, good special teams and balanced scoring. Neither team was expected to do much when the pundits were making predictions last September. Many had the Canucks ...

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