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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Cory's Story: Keeping it low-key after Game 1

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 3:58 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Cory Schneider - Vancouver Canucks

Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider has one of the best seats in the house for the Stanley Cup Final. As a backup, the native of Marblehead, Mass., gets to watch every second from the end of the bench, soaking in the tension in nearly the same way a fan would. He made an appearance in Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals, playing well before leaving during the third period with an injury against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Schneider is one the best young goaltenders in the League, and he'll be sharing his experiences throughout this series against the Bruins with NHL.com in his blog, Cory's Story. Following Game 1, he talked about his hectic day and first experience with the Stanley Cup Final.


VANCOUVER -- After last night's game, the mood in the locker room was so much fun. To have Raffi Torres get that goal as our only guy with Stanley Cup experience made it really special.
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Canucks' 1-0 win in Game 1 historically significant

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 11:17 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

Through 60 minutes of play in Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, the Blackhawks and Flyers combined for 11 goals on 64 shots.

Through 60 minutes of play in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks and Bruins combined for 70 shots -- but only one goal was produced.

Not only was Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final drastically different than Game 1 of 2010, this year's series opener had some historical significance, too.
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Reading List: One for the home side

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 9:39 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

NHL.com

Sixty-nine shots, 69 saves. It looked like Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was headed for overtime without a goal being scored in regulation – something that hadn't happened since 1927.

But shot No. 70 changed everything.

With the clock ticking down under 20 seconds to play in regulation, Raffi Torres converted a perfect feed from Jannik Hansen for the game's only goal, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 victory and a one-game lead over the Boston Bruins. Torres' goal broke up a goaltending duel between Roberto Luongo (36 saves) and Tim Thomas (33).
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Luongo overcomes a big obstacle for shutout

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:46 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- There are always obstacles to overcome if a player wants to reach his goal of winning a Stanley Cup. For Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, that obstacle for parts of Wednesday night was 6-foot-9 and 255 pounds.

In an effort to obstruct Luongo's vision, the Boston Bruins placed mammoth defenseman Zdeno Chara at the top of Luongo's crease during the power plays. It didn't have the desired effect, as Luongo was flawless during the Canucks' 1-0 victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena.
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Bruins do everything in Game 1 but score

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:34 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- If the Boston Bruins made a list before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final of tasks they needed to perform Wednesday night to defeat the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, there would be a lot of checkmarks after the contest.

Shut down Vancouver's prolific power play? Check. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg win the battle against Henrik and Daniel Sedin? Check. Create more chances on the power play? Check. Receive a standout performance from goaltender Tim Thomas? Check.

And yet the Bruins are now down 1-0 in this series, after Raffi Torres scored the game's only goal with 18.5 seconds left in regulation.
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Play of the Game: Torres beats the clock

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:32 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER – It appeared Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was heading for overtime with the two teams scoreless, and less than a minute remaining in the third, but then at Raffi Torres beat Tim Thomas with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give the Canucks a 1-0 win on Wednesday night at Rogers arena.

On the play, Vancouver center Ryan Kesler did a good job of keeping the play onside at the Bruins blue line and then fed a pass cross-ice to Jannik Hansen. The danish forward saw Torres streaking down the left side and it appeared Thomas had committed to Hansen shooting. Hansen sent the puck across to Torres and Torres was able to beat Thomas, who was diving to catch the shot from the trailer on the play.

"They were able to keep it in at the blue line," said Thomas. "(Hansen) was able to get into a spot where I was starting to cut down the angle because he was in a dangerous enough spot that I had to take that shot and that's when he was able to make the pass to the guy cutting to the net – I didn't even know (Torres) was there."
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Torres comes up big for Canucks in Game 1

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:29 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- Raffi Torres didn't need to be reminded about how trying last summer was for him as he searched and searched for a job offer that finally came from Vancouver GM Mike Gillis in late August.
 
Well, he was anyway, but Torres had no problems laughing it off Wednesday night. When you become the hero of Game 1 in the Stanley Cup Final, it's easy to look back fondly at the difficult road it took you to get there.
 
Torres' path to the press conference room at Rogers Arena was certainly tumultuous, but he got there by scoring the lone goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final with 18.5 seconds remaining on the clock in the third period. Torres put home a perfectly placed pass from Jannik Hansen to give Vancouver a 1-0 win over the Bruins and a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
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Less than 500 words, more than enough top moments

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:27 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Wednesday's Game 1 featured enough thrills, chills and great saves to hint at a dramatic Final in the making. In less than 500 words, here are the game's top moments:

Save of the game: The Canucks had a couple Grade-A scoring chances early in the third period, but none better than Jannik Hansen's breakaway near the five-minute mark. The Danish forward was sent in all alone by defenseman Christian Ehrhoff but could not beat Thomas five-hole.

Shift of the game: Twenty-eight seconds into the second period Kevin Bieksa took a high-sticking penalty giving the Boston Bruins a 5-on-3 man advantage for 1:33. The Bruins worked the puck around well and got four shots on goal, but could not solve Luongo.

"We had some good movement, we had some good shots, but we weren't able to find that one that was able to squeeze in," said forward Milan Lucic, who was on the Bruins second power-play unit.

Boston's power play finished the night 0-for-6 with 12 shots, dropping to 6-for-57 in the playoffs.
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Behind the Rask: It's time to move on

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:18 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Tuukka Rask - Boston Bruins

Boston backup goalie Tuukka Rask is giving NHL.com an inside look at the Boston Bruins throughout the Stanley Cup Final. Behind the Rask will provide daily updates on Boston's experiences throughout the Stanley cup Final as seen through the eyes of the 24-year-old Finnish goalie.

In his first entry, Rask talks about the brilliant play of Tim Thomas in Game 1 and how Thomas and the Bruins can deal with the emotions generated by the heartbreaking 1-0 loss in Game 1 on Wednesday.
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Cory's Story, Game 1

Thursday, 06.02.2011 / 1:07 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Cory Schneider - Vancouver Canucks

Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider has one of the best seats in the house for the Stanley Cup Final. As a backup, the native of Marblehead, Mass., gets to watch every second from the end of the bench, soaking in the tension in nearly the same way a fan would. He made an appearance in Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals, playing well before leaving during the third period with an injury against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Schneider is one the best young goaltenders in the League, and he'll be sharing his experiences throughout this series against the Bruins with NHL.com in his blog, Cory's Story. Following Game 1, he talked about his hectic day and first experience with the Stanley Cup Final.
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