Rapid Reaction: Canucks 3, Bruins 2
June, 4, 2011
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Reality bites for the Bruins right now. They find themselves in a 2-0 hole in the Stanley Cup finals after a crushing 3-2 loss in overtime in Game 2. Alexandre Burrows, who wasn’t suspended for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, scored 11 seconds into overtime, and also had another goal and an assist, leading his team to the victory. The Bruins played a much better game than on Wednesday, getting a power-play goal from Mark Recchi and an even-strength goal from Milan Lucic, but it wasn’t enough.
Burrows comes back and bites Bruins on scoreboard. After biting the finger of Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 and not getting suspended or fined, Alexandre Burrows came back and agitated the Bruins another way: by scoring the overtime winner plus another goal and assisting on another. Burrows made it 1-0 Canucks scoring a power-play goal 12:12 and then assisting on Daniel Sedin’s goal at 9:37 of the third period. Burrows then got into it with Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid late in the third period and McQuaid could be seen saying “Are you going to bite me?” to Burrows. He then scored the OT winner 11 seconds in.
Power play cashes in with Big Z back to point. The Bruins scored their first power-play goal since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals when Mark Recchi scored at 11:35 of the second period, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead at the time. The goal was a tip-in of a Zdeno Chara shot; Chara was back on the point for that power play after being used in front for the Bruins’ first power play of the game. Chara remained there for the rest of the game and the Bruins went 1-for-3 on the power play in Game 2. They are now 1-for-9 on the power play in the finals.
Recchi silences critics. The much-maligned Mark Recchi silenced critics who said he should be benched and/or taken off the Bruins' power play. Recchi had not scored a goal since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Flyers and registered a point since Game 4 of that series. At age 43, he became the oldest player to score in a Stanley Cup finals game.
Thomas and Luongo solid again. Goalies Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo showed again why they are Vezina Trophy candidates. Thomas was brilliant keeping his team in the game when they trailed 1-0 and after that making 31 saves total, while Luongo did the same making 28 saves.
Lucic and first line create traffic in front. After saying that they planned to create more traffic in front and go to the net, the top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton kept their promise, with Lucic scoring a goal in front at 9:00 of the second period. The rest of the team needs to follow suit.
Malholtra returns; Hamhuis sits. The Canucks got a big emotional and physical boost to their lineup with the return of forward Manny Malholtra. The crowd gave Malholtra a standing ovation when he stepped on the ice for his first shift, chanting “Manny Manny!” But the Canucks did not have the services of defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who was inured in Game 1. In his place was former Bruin Andrew Alberts.