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Reading list: What a finish!

Sunday, 06.05.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

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Reading list: What a finish!
Reading list: What a finish!
Hope you weren't late getting back to your TV at the start of overtime. If you were, you might have missed the second-fastest OT goal in the history of the Stanley Cup Final.

Alexandre Burrows made sure Vancouver fans would have plenty of time to celebrate when he scored just 11 seconds into OT, giving the Canucks a 3-2 victory against Boston and a 2-0 lead in the Final. It was the second-fastest goal ever scored in the Final (Brian Skrudland's Game 2 winner in 1986 was two seconds faster), and it puts the Canucks halfway to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

But the Bruins figure to have something to say about that. The teams will spend most of Sunday flying to Boston for Game 3. While they travel, here is your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:

Canucks owning the third period
The third period has been good to the Vancouver Canucks all season, and the Stanley Cup Final has been no different. Dan Rosen notes that the Canucks took control of Game 1 in the final 20 minutes, and they did the same in Game 2, getting the tying goal midway through the period before winning in OT.

Kesler: We're finding ways to win
The Vancouver Canucks are playing so well that Ryan Kesler is even laughing. Out loud. At least he did after the Canucks' OT win in Game 2, where he talked with Dan Rosen and the rest of the media about being two games away from winning the Stanley Cup.

Malhotra glad to be back
For a guy who saw less than eight minutes of ice time, Manny Malhotra got a tremendous reception from the crowd at Rogers Arena. That's what happens when you recover from an eye injury that was supposed to end your season, if not your career. Dave Lozo has more on Malhotra's amazing recovery and his nervousness at returning on Saturday night.

Recchi says Bruins have to stay positive

Mark Recchi became the oldest player ever to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final -- then became the oldest one to be disappointed when it didn't hold us as the game-winner. Recchi told Corey Masisak and the rest of the assembled media afterwards that the Bruins have to stay positive as they prepare for Game 3 back in Boston.

Cory's Story / Behind the Rask
Backup goalies Cory Schneider of the Canucks and Tuukka Rask of the Bruins are sharing their thoughts with NHL.com readers. Needless to say, they had different reactions to Game 2.

Winnipeg counts to 13,000
How excited are the people of Winnipeg to have the NHL back in town again? So excited that they roared past the 13,000 mark in season tickets, selling the last 5,842 in all of four minutes on Saturday. Bob Condor reports on the amazing response to the return of the NHL to Winnipeg -- and the reaction of ownership.


Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness