Sunday, June 5, 2011
Burrows, Canucks finish B's quick in OT
By ESPN Stats & Info
Alex Burrows had a part in all three goals including the game-winner 11 seconds into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks take a 2-0 series lead with a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Burrows’ performance was even more magnified considering he was not suspended for his incident in Game 1 after allegedly biting Patrice Bergeron.
Every Stanley Cup Final since the lockout ended in 2005 has seen a team take a 2-0 series lead at home, but after the Boston Bruins led the Canucks 2-1 entering the third period, that streak was in danger. Especially since the Bruins entered Saturday’s game 6-0 this postseason when leading entering the third period.
The Canucks however had a different idea as Daniel Sedin started the comeback with his ninth goal of the postseason, which sent the game to overtime.
Then Burrows finished the job by netting the second-fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Final history. Burrows, who also scored in the first period, earned his third career multi-goal playoff game, but what’s interesting is in all three instances his second goal came in overtime.
The game-winning goal by Burrows was the second wrap around goal for the Canucks this postseason and the third “open net” goal allowed by Tim Thomas. Thomas is tied for the most open net goals allowed this postseason. Burrows now has 16 career playoff goals including nine this year. Entering this season, he had seven career postseason goals in 33 games.
The Bruins lose in overtime for first time this postseason (4-1) and have now lost four straight road games.
One bright spot was Mark Recchi, who according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the oldest player to score a goal in the Stanley Cup Final at age 43 years, 123 days. The previous oldest was Igor Larionov at 41 years, 189 days in Game 4 of the 2002 Cup Final for the Detroit Red Wings at the Carolina Hurricanes.
The series now shifts to Boston on Monday for Game 3 where the Bruins are 7-3 at home this postseason. The Canucks meanwhile hold a 2-0 Stanley Cup Final lead for the first time in team history. In the expansion era (since 1967-68), only two teams have blown a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final: 2009 Red Wings and 1971 Chicago Blackhawks.
And in NHL history, teams are 42-4 when leading the Stanley Cup Final 2-0.