Canucks Squeak Past Bruins Again

Published on June 5th, 2011

Alex Burrows

Stanley Cup Finals Game 2

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, June 4, 2011
The Canucks needed overtime to win this one 3-2 as winger Alex Burrows had two goals and an assist for the home team.  They lead the Stanley Cup Finals 2 games to 0. 

The Canucks had some line-up changes for this game.  Centerman and face-off specialist Manny Malhotra played in his 1st game in 2 ½ months.  He suffered a significant eye injury in March.  Also former Flyer defenseman Andrew Alberts filled in for an injured Dan Hamhuis.  Roberto Luongo started in net for the Canucks and Tim Thomas for the Bruins.

This game just like Game 1 started out at a furious pace with each team playing very physical.  A hit by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Canucks Ryan Kesler was particularly notable as Kesler struggled to get up.  The Bruins recorded 5 of the game’s first 6 shots but could not beat Luongo.  Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took a foolish interference penalty at 10:24 of the 1st period to give the Canucks the 1st power-play of the game.  The Canucks made them pay with Burrows blasting one in at 12:12. 

The Bruins got their 1st power-play of the game early in the 2nd period.  They had trouble setting it up and did not really come close to scoring.  At the 9:00 mark, the Bruins finally got on the board in the Finals when winger Milan Lucic won a goalmouth scramble and deposited the puck past Luongo to tie the game.  They struck again quickly at 11:35 this time on the power-play when a Chara shot was deflected in by winger Mark Recchi.  The Bruins had moved Chara back onto the point after he was not having too much success in front of the net while on the power-play.  After two periods of play, the Bruins led in shots 25 to 21 and 2 to 1 on the scoreboard.   

The Canucks went over 5 minutes into the 3rd period before recording their 1st shot of the period.  They then got their offense going and got the tying goal at 9:37 when Daniel Sedin took a nice feed from Burrows and flung it past Thomas.  The Canucks got two odd-man rushes not long after that but were unable to take the lead.  They got the better opportunities as regulation time came to a close.  The game went to overtime with the game tied 2-2.

11 seconds into overtime, Burrows took the puck around the net and wrapped it in to give the Canucks a 2-1 win.

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault on Burrows said, “Anybody that follows our team knows he’s a really important part of our team.  He plays five-on-five, he plays power-play, and he kills penalties.  So, you know, he’s overall one of our go-to guys.  Again tonight he came up big in key moments.  I thought he was one of our better players.  We need him to play that way.”

On the 3rd period come-back, he said, “If you look at our stats during the regular season, I think we were the best team in the third period as far as scoring goals.  So that hasn’t changed throughout the playoffs.  We can push the pace and create scoring chances.  I thought we did.  I thought the twins, that line, really took over in the third and spent a lot of time in their end wearing down their defense.  It paid off for us.  We were able to tie the game.  I’m sure that has not happened very often to Boston this year, where they gave up a lead.  They gave up a lead, we scored that game in OT right off the hop there.”

The Bruins have now played two strong road games and have nothing to show for it.  Game 3 is this Monday in Boston.

Comments are closed.