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Second-period notes and trends

6/7/2011

BOSTON -- A handful of statistical notes and trends from a tremendous period of hockey by the Boston Bruins. After scoring two total goals in the previous two games, they scored four goals in the period to jump to a 4-0 lead:

* Andrew Ference's goal was scored at 11 seconds of the second period. That's the exact same time of the last goal scored in Game 2 when Alex Burrows scored 11 seconds into OT for the Canucks in the 3-2 win. It’s one second shy of the fastest goal to start a non-OT period in the Cup Final set by Glenn Anderson in 1988 and John Byce in 1990.

* That also means three goals in this series have been scored in either the first or last minute of a period.

* Mark Recchi has both of the Bruins power-play goals in the series. It’s just the 2nd time this postseason in which the Bruins have scored a power-play goal in consecutive games and first since doing so in Game 3 and 4 in the Conference semifinals against the Flyers. At 43 years, 125 days old, Recchi breaks the record for the oldest to score a Stanley Cup Final goal previously set by Recchi in Game 2.

* Brad Marchand scores his first shorthanded goal of the playoffs and his 7th of the playoffs. Since 1988, the only Bruins rookie with more goals in a single postseason was Bob Joyce, who scored 8. During the regular season, Marchand was tied for the third-most shorthanded goals in the NHL with five.

* The Bruins have scored four goals through two periods, which is one more than they scored in the previous three games combined. The four-goal lead equals the Bruins largest of the postseason.

* The 4 goals given up by the Canucks in the second period tie for the most they have given up in a single period this postseason. They gave up four in the second period of Game 4 against the Blackhawks in the conference quarterfinals.

* The Bruins finished with 31 hits in each of their first 2 games of the series. Tonight, they have 33 through 2 periods.