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Stanley Cup Final Game 2 live blog

by Shawn P. Roarke /
(All times are local until blog switches to running game time.)

That is an absolute dagger. Vancouver scores on first rush of OT. Claude Julien went with Andrew Ference and Zdeno chara to start OT and burrows made an aggressive rush to net but was pushed wide. Tim Thomas was his usual aggresive self, challenging Burrows and therefore out of position when Burrows went wrap-around and pushed puck into empty net. Goal, VAN, 3-2

Start of OT

End of third period

Things evened out a bit during final 5 minutes and game turnewd into more of a back-and-forth contest. We're headed to overtime and our second one-goal game in as many games during the Final. It should be interesting.

Vancouver has certainly found another gear. They are out-shooting Bruins 16-5 since boston went ahead 2-1 in the game and have just had back-to-back 2-on-1s. Will be curious to see how long Boston can hold on if Vancouver keeps things at this pace. Bruins need to slow game down to play at a more comfortable speed.

Spoke to soon. Vancouver scores. It's the top line, with Daniel Sedin getting the goal off a rebound of an Alex Edler shot that Alex Burrows passed to Sedin to chip over a prone Tim Thomas. The only reason the Sedins were on the ice at that point is that a TV timeout just seconds earlier saved them from going off after a long shift. They were able to rest during timeout and continue to pressurewhen play resumed. Goal, VAN 2-2

9:16 Tim Thomas is under seige now. Vancouver is crowding his crease, trying to deny him open ice to challengte the shooters. Yet, Thomas bowls thru players and cuts them down, when necessary to make a save. But, Vancouver is bringing everything now and has had several close calls.

6:00 More from the this isn't for faint of heart department. A little earlier, Rich Peverley delivered a nasty slash to Biesksa's leg, dropping the defenseman. Peverley got a great scoring change when puck was turned over and Bieksa was left on the ice, writhing in pain. Nobody saw it, as it was behind play, and Boston went unpunished. It will not likely be last such shot in this series.

3:00 Boston didn't score on its power play, but it also killed a penalty incurred by Dennis Seidenberg at end of the Boston PP. In fact, Vancouver did not get a shot, further emboldening the Bruins, who have fed off strong kills all playoffs.

0:00 Hockey sure can be a funny game. Boston looked somewhere close to done afetr four periods of this final, only to wake up after a fluky goal by their much-maligned PP, scoming from one of the most criticized players on the unit. Now they have just 20 minutes left and they can get out of here with a split of the first two games, which was their logical goal all along. It will be a long 20 minutes, though, as vancouver has had several outstanding chances so far in this game and will have a rabid crowd at its back in the third.

Start of third period

End of second period

18:59 Bruins continue to be rewarded for their hard work. Aaron Rome takes an intereferencve penalty as Nathan Horton works to gain zone. The Canucks have been put back on their heels here in second half of the period. Third period will be interesting.

Nobody considers Michael Ryder much of a defensive player, but he has made some big defensive plays this postseason. There was his signature save against Montreal in the first round and he just stopped a Vancouver chance with Thomas down and out by being strong on his stick.

Tim Thomas did it again. The goalie makes a habit of making game-changing stops in each series and he just did it to Vancouver's Jannik Hansen, who thought he had a goal when he took a cross-slot pass with Thomas fronting the passer, Maxim Lapierre. But, Thomas got across and left Hansen looking to the rafters.

11:35 Two droughts over in 155 seconds. Mark Recchi, another maligned Bruin for his ineffectiveness, just scored on the power play when his crossing pattern in front of Roberto Luongo was timed perfectly as Zdeno Chara -- on the point instead of up front -- snapped a knuckling wrister that hit in front of Luongo and then bounced off the shaft of Recchi's stick. It is Boston's first PPG in 8 tries in this series and just sixth of postseason, only second on road. Goal, BOS 2-1

Now, Boston is back on the PP. Not going to say it is a turning poiunt because Boston PP unit seems immune to that type of pressure, but man-advantage unit needs to carry momentum Boston's first line just generated. Aaron Rome in box for defensive-zone holding.

the drought is over. Boston has scored and it is the much-maligned Milan Lucic (see my post at start of period) that gets the goals, ending Luongo's shitout streak at 137:54, dating back to Game 6 of Western conference Finals. Lucicv, camped on the doorstep, pounced on a rebound, beating Christian Ehrhoff, and slamming it home before Luongo could react. Goal, BOS, 1-1

6:10 You can argue that Roberto Luongo has not been great in this series, but he has been as good as he needs to be. He did just make a pretty good shoulder save on a one-timer from David krejci and he has stopped all 56 shots in this series that he has faced. It's not his fault that most have not been testers. That is on Boston. He has done what is necessary.

4:15 As you may have agtehyred by now. Boston did not score on the PP. They are now 5-for-68 this postseason and 0-for-7 in this series. Mark Recchi had a chance on the doorstep, but could not ram it past Loungo.

Bruins on PP as Kevin Bieksa gets a delay of game penalty. Boston really needs something on this power play.

There were a total of 42 hits in that first period. Just physically taxing. It should be an ideal pace and working conditions for a power forward like Milan Lucic to shine. Yet, he has been pretty subdued so far inj this game. Boston needs him to wake up and engage.

Start of second period

End of first period

Not that it was his fault, but Johnny Boychuk was on the ice for that Vancouver PP goal. That is eight straight goals against for which he has been on the ice, a stretch that dates back to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. It is an awful time for the youngster, who has been good this season, to be in a slump.

Vancouver's power play is dormant no longer. Alex Burrows just finished a sick passing pLay by snapping a shot through Tim Thomas for vancover's first power-play goal in seven tries this series. With Zdeno Chara in the box, Andrew Ference couldn't clear the zone when Sami Salo knocked down his pass at the blue line. Salo saucered a pass into the circle where Chris Higgins someHow deadened it out of mid-air and made a short pass to burrows, whose wrist shot somehow slipped through the arm and body of Tim Thomas. Goal, VAN 1-0

10:24 After nall the hits, we finally get our first penalty and it is open-ice interference by Zdeno Chara on Ryan Kesler just inside the Boston blue Line. Guess Kesler wasn't all that wobbled by the Boychuk hit. This is a big hit as Chara is a key member of PK unit.

You have to wonder how long the physical pace can keep up. The teams are averaging two board-rattling hits a minute here and players are staggering all over the ice. It is going to be an uncomfortable plane ride across the country for members of both teams tomorrow.

There are messages being sent all over the Rogers Arena ice, but the main seems to be if you are faint of heart or lacking in will, this isn't the place for you. Big hits -- Johnny Boychuk on ryan Kesler and Dennis Seidenberg on Victor Oreskovich -- are the early highlights. Sami Salo, however, did almost score with a slapper, though, a few minutes ago.

First shift for Manny Malhotra and Rogers Arena goes bizonkers. If you don't have chills, you might not have a pulse. What a moment!

Vancouver owns first 90 seconds, have great cycle going.

5:15 p.m. Often we forget how big a deal the Stanley Cup Final is for everyone involved, not just the players. This is the pinnacle of your profession, no matter your role with an organization or support staff. Kelly Sutherland is reffing tonight's Game 2 with Dan O'Halloran. Sutherland grew up in Richmond, just a stone's throw from downtown Vancouver. He made his Stanley cup Final debut in 2003, but this has to be the absolute crowning moment of his career. Congrats to him and all the officials

5:07 p.m.
Manny Malhotra is in the lineup for Game 2. What a great story for him. He is on Jumbotron right now and is getting huge ovation from fans, who are now chanting his name. Very emotional. Players work so hard to get to this stage. It's nice that Malhotra could make it all the way back.

4:48 p.m. Manny Malhotra is taking warmups and it looks like he will take the place of Alex Bolduc on the fourth line. There is no Dan Hamhuis for the warmups and Andrew Alberts is the only  reserve defenseman taking warmups, so it looks like he draws in to the Game 2 lineup. Vancouver will likely have new defensive pairings, though, as it is unlikely that Alberts will be paired with Kevin Bieska.

4:33 p.m.
The Canucks lineup could be very different for Game 2, despite winning Game 1. It appears very likely that center Manny Malhotra could play for the first time this potseason. He has been activated and took part in the morning skate. If he does play, he would likely see fourth-line minutes and take some key draws. It is unlikely, however, that Dan Hamhuis is playing. The defenseman injured himself delivering a hip check to Milan Lucic in Game 1. He has not skated since Game 1. If he does not play, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault has several replacement options.

4:22 p.m.
Welcome to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. What a picture-perfect day in Vancouver. Temps were in the 60s and the sun was shIning for the second-straight day and this city is alive with hockey fever. There are reports that up to 100,000 people could gather in the downtown core tonight. On the way to the rink, every local watering hole had a line outside waiting to get in as early as 2 p.m. It should be an amazing scene tonight.

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