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Bruins hope to bounce back on home ice

by Brian Compton /

(Vancouver leads best-of-seven series 2-0)


Big story: The Vancouver Canucks are halfway to winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. Alexandre Burrows extended his team's series lead to 2-0 when he scored 11 seconds into overtime Saturday night, lifting the Canucks to a pulsating 3-2 victory at Rogers Arena.

"We haven't won anything yet," Burrows said Saturday night. "It's only two games. We've only taken care of home ice. They're a really good team and I'm sure they're going to feed off the energy from their crowd. We have to make sure we're ready to go in there. It won't be easy. Until you win a road game, you're not in control of any series."

Team Scope:

Canucks: In one of the more heartwarming stories of the season, Vancouver center Manny Malhotra returned to the lineup Saturday night after missing nearly two months with what at the time appeared to be a career-threatening injury to his left eye. The 31-year-old hit the ice at Rogers Arena to cheers of "Man-ny! Man-ny!" from the capacity crowd -- a moment he'll never forget.

"I was probably the most nervous I've been in my entire career," Malhotra said of his feelings after he received the news around lunch time that he'd be in the lineup. "Coming to the rink, it felt really normal, going through the same game-day routine.

"The nerves kept getting to me. I was telling the guys, right from warmup, it was kind of sensory overload, just the noise, the crowd into it, all the towels waving. It was the first time I've seen a home crowd that excited in playoffs. I guess I really didn't settle down till after my first shift. It was obviously a great feeling, the ovation I got for my first shift. "

Bruins: If you think the Bruins will enter Game 3 with a lack of confidence after suffering back-to-back losses in Vancouver, think again. Boston has been in this situation before, having lost the first two games of its opening-round matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, only to go on to win that series in 7. Obviously, though, the Bruins are going to have to find a way to win Monday night.

"I don't think there's any reason here to not be positive," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "You don't get this far and all of a sudden hang your head. They had home-ice advantage, won their first two home games. We got to go back home and do the same. One game at a time, as you hear always. We win the first game, it builds up momentum, and you get yourself back in the series. It's not the end of the world here. We lost the game, but we're a better team than that, and we're a team that's bounced back all through the season."

Who's hot: Besides his OT tally, Burrows also scored in the first period and assisted on Daniel Sedin's game-tying goal in the third period. An obvious candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy, Burrows has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) this postseason. … Bruins forward David Krejci has 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his last five games.

Injury report: Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis left Game 1 near the four-minute mark of the second period and was not able to play Saturday night. Andrew Alberts took his spot in the lineup.

Stat pack: Burrows' overtime goal was his third this postseason. Only two other players in NHL history have scored three OT goals in one postseason -- Maurice Richard of the Canadiens in 1951 and Boston's Mel Hill in 1939. … With his goal Saturday night, Bruins forward Mark Recchi became the oldest player to score in the history of the Stanley Cup Final at 43 years, 123 days. … Saturday night marked the first time the Bruins lost this postseason when leading after two periods (6-1).

Puck drop: "I don't know what games anyone is watching, because he's a big part of our line. I've always said his main asset is he reads the play so well. A lot of the times, he's the guy making plays. That's what we need as players. For a lot of years here, a lot of people said we needed a big grinder. That's not the guy we want to play with. We want to play with a guy who can make plays. He's that guy." -- Canucks captain Henrik Sedin on linemate Alexandre Burrows
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