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Postgame Reaction: Game 2 at Vancouver

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – Once again it was a slim margin of victory as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a Game 2 overtime thriller tonight at Rogers Arena.

Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin, left, celebrates the winning goal by teammate Alex Burrows, not shown, as Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), goaltender Tim Thomas and Brad Marchand look on during the first overtime period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
The teams exchanged leads throughout the game, but it was the goal from Alex Burrows that gave the Canucks the 2-0 series lead just 11 seconds into overtime.

“It’s definitely tough to swallow it. We played a better game today than we did in game one,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. 

“It [stinks] right now that we weren’t able to come out on top with a win here but we’ve just have to work that much harder in order to win.”

Vancouver got things started with Burrows’ first goal of the game at the 12:12 mark. The power play tally was the Canucks first of the series after going 0-6 in Game 1.

Boston gained a bit of momentum back from Vancouver late in the first but weren’t able to overcome the opening push by the Canucks, who were backed by a roaring crowd even more uplifted at the return of forward Manny Malhotra to the ice. Malhotra was sidelined after a March 16 eye injury and hadn’t seen any playing time until tonight.

But once the second period came around, the Bruins had shaken their nerves and blocked the crowd from their minds. It was Lucic, a native of Vancouver and area superstar that netted the game-tying goal nine minutes into the second.

The Bruins fed off the momentum from the goal, peppering Canucks’ goaltender Roberto Luongo with shots before Aaron Rome headed to the box for holding Brad Marchand. The Rome penalty gave the Bruins their second power play of the night.

It’s no secret the Bruins have been struggling with the man-advantage (they also went 0-6 in Game 1), but tonight they created a little magic, netting the power play goal to take the 2-1 lead.

Forward Mark Recchi tipped a Zdeno Chara blast from the point past Luongo for his third goal of the postseason.

The Bruins took the 2-1 lead well into the third period until one of the twin towers was finally able to break through for Vancouver.  Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who skate together on the Canucks’ top line, were limited in eight shots (all from Daniel) Game 1, but tonight it was Daniel who was able to tie the game for Vancouver at the 9:37 mark of the final frame.

“We were up 2-1, for a good period of time, so we did some good things obviously. The positive thing you can take out of all of these games is we basically lost by one goal in each of the games,” B’s center David Krejci said. 

“That helps, but you know, you win the games, it’s close, and we know we can do it.”

Boston battled hard throughout the remainder of regulation but weren’t able to net a goal. To overtime they went.

Boston hadn’t lost an overtime game this postseason entering tonight’s extra time. But it wasn’t Nathan Horton or Michael Ryder celebrating a game-winner tonight. I

Instead Burrows was the hero.

Burrows beat Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and goaltender Tim Thomas for the game-winning tally just 11 seconds into overtime.

“We got the win on the draw and obviously our game is to get a goal to our forwards right away, and get it up to our forwards, get it in deep, and obviously we didn’t connect on that first pass and the transition came back at us,” Ference said of the goal.

“You know, I saw one-on-one, I started looking for trailers to see too much of the actual goal.”

The Canucks take the 2-0 lead back to Boston where they will look to continue to pile up the wins en route to the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins will have to feed off their home crowd to slow down the Canucks’ torrid pace and get themselves back in the series.

“It’s going to be nice,” Krejci said of heading home. “It’s been a long trip over here so it’ll nice to go back and play in front of our fans, and we’re going to have a second chance, you know, on the ice, so like I said, hopefully we can get a win. It’s going to be a big one, the next game.”

 Game 3 is Monday night in TD Garden.
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