Canucks Lead Final 2-0
Alex Burrows may just have willed himself into Conn Smythe consideration. The pesky winger, who has come under scrutiny in the hockey world for his nibble on the finger of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, had two goals, including the overtime winner as the Canucks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to take a 2-0 series lead.
It won't go down as the Canucks prettiest game, but it had all the elements of a classic. Lead changes, pretty goals, outstanding goaltending, and bone crunching hits highlighted a spirited affair that saw the two teams combine for 63 shots.
It started with Alex Burrows whipping a shot on the powerplay from the left faceoff dot, which found a hole under Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas' arm for the 1-0 lead. It was Burrows 8th of the playoffs and undoubtedly it was a goal Thomas would love to have back.
However, the Bruins were unfettered, with East Vancouver native Milan Lucic scoring his 4th goal of the playoffs, just squeaking a low shot under Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongos left pad.
The Bruins kept coming, and with Aaron Rome off for holding, Mark Recchi deflected the puck past Luongo for the 2-1 lead.
However, the Canucks struck back, with Daniel Sedin tying the game with less than ten minutes to play after outwaiting Thomas and then placing the puck just inside the post for his 8th of the post season.
That set the stage for Alex Burrows who has been absolutely clutch in overtime games this season. He took a Daniel Sedin bank pass, went around the net, briefly lost the puck, recovered and shot the puck past an out of position Thomas for his second of the game. It took all of eleven seconds to happen, sending Vancouver into a frenzy. I should know; I was on Granville street when it happened. Talk about crowded!
Note: Kevin Bieksa took a slash from Rich Peverly, and remained on the ice for about a minute. He skated off on his own power and did not miss a shift. Manny Malhtora played his first game since March. He had just over seven minutes of ice time and was an even rating.
Game 3 goes Monday at 5.