It was another tight affair in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, but 11 seconds into overtime Alexandre Burrows gave the Canucks the win, and a commanding series lead, with a solo effort to head to Boston up 2 games to none. Burrows also opened the scoring, before Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi finally solved Roberto Luongo to give the Bruins their first lead of the series. With 10 minutes to go in the third period, Daniel Sedin tied the game up, setting the stage for Burrows’ OT heroics. The Canucks winger broke up the middle, and was checked by Zdeno Chara. Tim Thomas over-committed for the loose puck, and with the puck behind the net and Thomas out of it, Burrows out-muscled Chara and wrapped it around into the yawning cage.
It was another very entertaining game that saw the return of Manny Malholtra from a career-threatening eye injury after missing almost 3 months. He was 6 and 1 in the faceoff circle and a key penalty killer in limited action. Game 2 also featured an amusing altercation between Patrice Bergeron and Maxim Lapierre, where the Canucks superpest apparently offered his finger to Bergeron to chomp down on, a reference to the accusations that Burrows bit Bergeron’s finger during a Game 1 scuffle. (Somewhere Daniel Alfredsson is smiling, as the move was akin to Alfie’s mocking of Sundin’s stick-throwing incident.)
Game 3 goes Monday evening from Boston. Expect the Bruins faithful to have the TD Garden rocking in an effort to spur the Bruins back into the series.
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