As someone said to me after the game, “that just happened.” The first overtime period had barely begun when Alexandre Burrows went wide past a sprawling Tim Thomas and around the back of the net, where he beat Zdeno Chara to a loose puck and put what amounted to a wraparound into the abandoned Bruins’ goal. And now the Boston Bruins find themselves down 2-0 in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series.
Number Five: Daniel Sedin’s Goal
Daniel Sedin scored the game tying goal for Vancouver 9:37 into the period. Sedin handed it off to Burrows who in turn passed it along to Sedin on the left side of the net, which was wide open. Thomas made every attempt to save it with the back of his leg, but he was already flopped onto the ice and Sedin evened the score at two.
Number Four: Bruins Get out to a Lead
Vancouver native Milan Lucic gave the Bruins their first Stanley Cup Finals goal in 21 years when he banked in a rebound shot past the leg pad of Roberto Luongo. A Johnny Boychuk blast from the blue line ricocheted off of Luongo, who was splayed out on the ice, and Lucic was able to execute. Just two and a half minutes later, Mark Recchi scored the Bruins’ first power play goal in 21 attempts in these Finals, when he tipped a bouncing shot from Zdeno Chara past Luongo.
Number Three: Roberto Luongo
The first goal that Lucic scored on Vancouver snuck under the pad of Luongo and the second one was a tip-in. Other than those blemishes, he was flawless. Stopping 28 shots and many good chances, he could have easily been the #1 star of the game. He made two stunning saves on David Krejci, one on Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley. He may have stole this game for the ‘Nucks.
Number Two: Vancouver’s Attack
The Canucks were able to pressure Boston enough for the second game in a row to break the backs of the Bruins. When Sedin scored that goal in the third period, Vancouver had Boston already worn out and right where they wanted them. The Bruins were sloppy passing all night in their own zone and the Canucks took advantage of that twice. First, Andrew Ference failed on a clearing attempt, and then sloppy passing allowed the Canucks to keep the puck in the Bruins’ zone in the moments leading up to Sedin’s goal.
Number One: Alex Burrows
And here comes the speculation. Should he have been in the game? Did the NHL screw the Bruins? Maybe they did, but he played, and he played well. Scoring two goals and picking up an assist, he was the best player on the ice in this game. His first goal was an off-angle goal that Thomas let slip by, and you can argue the second goal was soft too. Actually, you can’t argue it. It was soft. But nonetheless, Burrows played with passion tonight and was one of the main reasons Vancouver is up in the series.
Game Three shifts to Boston on Monday night as the Canucks have a chance to put a stranglehold on the series.