Canucks Draw First Blood, Power Plays Lack Power


It took until the 70th and final shot of the game for someone to beat Tim Thomas or Roberto Luongo.  The duo matched each other save for save until the 19:41 mark of the third period, when Raffi Torres finally beat Thomas to give the Canucks a 1-0 win in game 1  of the Stanley Cup Final.

It was a more exciting game than the score would indicate, and  depending on your love or hate of special teams, an enjoyable one to watch. The first two periods were a constant parade to the penalty box, as each team went 0-for-6 with the man advantage, including a 5-on-3 for each team.  The third period was penalty-free, as the teams got settled into the series.

Luongo made 36 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs, ironically all three have come in the opening game of a series.  Thomas was just as good, making the first 33 saves, but couldn’t make the 34th, and that one was the difference in this game.

Here are the GAME HIGHLIGHTS courtesy

Game 2 goes Saturday night.


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