VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks took a 2-0 series lead with a 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Save of the Game: Tim Thomas continued to leave Canucks forwards shaking their head in Game 2, this time robbing Jannik Hansen of a sure goal in the second period. Ryan Kesler and Hansen broke out on a 2-on-1 with Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid the lone man back. Kesler got the pass through to Hansen, but Thomas did an excellent job sliding across with his right pad to make the save.
Shift of the Game: With their power play struggling, 0-for-7, the Bruins decided to move Zdeno Chara back to the point on their second man advantage of the game. Claude Julien’s move paid off as Chara’s point shot was re-directed by Mark Recchi and past Roberto Luongo for the Bruins’ first lead of the series at 11:35 of the second.
"It's a lot of different things," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "I think Zdeno has a lot of ice time. When you play a lot, certainly don't want him in front all the time. It's a very taxing position to be in. We thought that Lucic was bringing a pretty good physical presence tonight. He was capable of doing the job there for him."
Stat of the Game: Some may have questioned the animosity these two teams had toward one another, but after the Alexandre Burrows alleged biting incident in Game 1 the physical tone picked dramatically in Game 2 as the two teams combined for 71 hits Saturday night.
Star of the Game: Alex Burrows had a pair of goals, including the game winner, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 2-0 series lead.
After opening the scoring at 12:12 of the first period, Burrows picked up the game-winner just 11 seconds into overtime. Burrows faked a shot, and then skated around Chara and Thomas and slid a backhand shot into the wide-open net.
"Anybody that follows our team knows (Burrows is) a really important part of our team. He plays five-on-five, he plays power play, and he kills penalties," said coach Alain Vigneault. "He’s overall one of our go-to guys."
Best Moment of Game: After a week of speculating ‘will he or won’t he’ injured Canucks center Manny Malhotra returned to the Canucks line-up Saturday much to the delight of the 18,860 at Rogers Arena who gave the center multiple standing ovations, including when he came out for his shift.
Malhotra won a draw against Bruins center Chris Kelly. Malhotra centered a line of Victor Oreskovich and Jeff Tambellini, the shift lasted 28 seconds. Saturday night marked Malhotra’s first game back after a severe eye injury suffered March 16.
"It was a real happy moment for our whole group to be able to put Manny in the lineup and to have him play the way he did," said Vigneault. "He did exactly what we all expected. He was real good on face-offs. He was good on the ice. He created a scoring chance."
What's Next: The two teams will now board cross-continent charter flights Sunday morning bound for Boston. Game 3 goes Monday night, and the two teams will drop the puck on Game 4 on Wednesday.