6.04.2011

Playoff Game of the Night


2011 Stanley Cup Finals
Game 2: Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks @ Rogers Arena
2-3 Final 1OT; Vancouver leads the series 2-0

Game 1 saw both teams fail on the power-play. Out of thirteen PP opportunities, neither team was able to score a PPG. Whether that was due in part by the good penalty-killing, great goaltending, or just an uninspired power-play, we will never know. But what we did get out of Game 1 was some great goaltending.

Both Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas lived up to their Vezina trophies and their 2011 nominations for the same award. Luongo walked away with a thirty-six save night, and Thomas walked away with a thirty-three save night.

Game 2 was all about putting Game 1 away in the books and playing a "Game 7 mentality". But who could put all that chippiness away?

To everyone's anticipation, Manny Malhotra overcame his eye injury at an alarming rate and has shocked many (and pleased just as much) by being in tonight's line-up! What a (great) surprise this was! The already deep team has just gotten better, but injuries along the blueline might change some things up. With Dan Hamhuis out, Andrew Alberts got in on Game 2 with a spot in the line-up. Tonight was his night to prove all of my opinions and thoughts wrong.

With both teams showing some great jump in the opening 5 minutes, both goalies had to be spot on. Luongo was especially on the ball stopping some of those tricky shots from a couple of awakened Bruins and a cheeky play by Henrik Sedin. The fourth came on (which was centered by Malhotra) and provided great energy and a good scoring chance! Depth cannot be questioned on the Canucks team.

The first goal did not need 59:42 to occur; it took 12:12 from the clock, a minute forty-eight on the PP, for the first goal to get up on the board! With just 12 seconds remaining on the Canucks' power-play, the second PP unit hit the ice and immediately, Alex Burrows got his snapper into the net! Despite being checked, he made it past the stick of the defence men, and slipped the puck underneath the right arm of Thomas and the post to ripple the mesh!

In Game 1, neither team's power-play looked too great. Now in Game 2, Vancouver's power-play and penalty-kill looked a lot more stellar than the first game. The Vancouver PK had a majority of puck control in the first minute of Boston's first PP and generated a couple of short-handed scoring chances. That's a way to add salt to the bear's wounds.

Shovelling the rebound off of Johnny Boychuk's shot, Milan Lucic slipped the rebound underneath Luongo's right pad and got the Bruins' first goal of the series to level the score in the second period. Not letting the goal suck the energy out of them, the Canucks answered back with good energy and potential of scoring. But the Bruins now had energy of their own and things started to look better for the Bruins.

As the momentum swung to the Bruins, the Boston power-pay finally scored. Zdeno Chara made the wrist shot towards the net, and Mark Recchi got the tip on the puck before it got past Luongo and his glove. Boston continued to have the swing of the game in their favour as Thomas made an amazing save off of Jannik Hansen and was lucky not to have a shot from Max Lapierre go in earlier!

When the momentum swung towards Boston, it took a bit of time for the Canucks to get their feet back underneath them. They finally got some zip back nearly half-way through the final twenty minutes as they pressed Thomas and the Bruins with offence, but they couldn't beat Thomas - until half-way through the period. Burrows played the screen as Daniel Sedin levelled the ice to a 2-2 tie thanks to a circulating play done by the Canucks. And the momentum was back home!

The re-energised teams battered against each other, but neither was able to beat the other one more time in regulation. The extra OT period was needed.

And just 11 seconds into the OT period, Burrows got his second of the night and another OT GWG. The turnover was forced int he neutral zone and Burrows was sent on the hunt. He out-muscled Chara, got Thomas out of the net, and he made it no matter his tipsy manner! We've got many heroes on our team, and Alex Burrows is one of them!

3 stars:
(1) Alex Burrows
(2) Roberto Luongo
(3) Tim Thomas


























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