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Burrows two goals in Game 2 give Canucks overtime win and 2-0 series lead

June 4, 2011

Daniel Sedin tied up the game in the third period, part of the first line that scored all three goals tonight. (AP)

Alex Burrows overtime goal came just 11 seconds into the fourth frame and gave the Canucks a 2-0 series lead going back to Boston. The individual effort topped off a two-goal night a game after Burrows controversially bit Patrice Bergeron, leading many experts to think he should be suspended. The Canucks first line had all three goals in Game 2 as the Canucks rallied from being down 2-1 to beat the Bruins 3-2.

Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi had goals 2:35 apart in the second period to give the Bruins a lead but the Canucks charged back late carrying momentum into the overtime before sealing it early.

The game started out a lot tighter than Game 1 did, both teams minimized the mistakes in the opening minutes and both were physical, especially along the boards. Puck battles required courage in the opening minutes, clearly the desperation that is required in a Stanley Cup Final game.

After some good action both ways the Canucks got the first power-play of the game when Zdeno Chara was called for interference, a dumb penalty because Chara wasn’t the last line of defense and the play was unnecessary. Without their best penalty-killing defenseman the Bruins would wilt the game’s first goal. After a great start to the penalty-kill Alex Burrows would strike late in the power-play when he turned and fired on a bouncing puck from the dot, beating Tim Thomas short side. Thomas clearly didn’t expect the shot and couldn’t seal off the post before the puck squeaked between him and the post.

Despite both teams racking up 11 shots the period was pretty heavily dominated by the Canucks. The Canucks were extremely physical throwing better than a hit per minute, clogging up the neutral zone and winning puck battles. The Bruins looked sloppy with their passes and weren’t great under the constant pressure the Canucks put on them.

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The Bruins got a fortunate power-play when Kevin Bieksa was called for delay of game although the puck deflected off the boards. The Bruins wasted the first 45 minutes with the Canucks setting up a long shorthanded bid in the Bruins zone. Mark Recchi had a good bid in the paint but Roberto Luongo‘s big body wrapped up the bid and held on in chaos for the whistle. This was the lone high point for the power-play as the remainder went by as inauspiciously as most Bruins power-plays do. After the power-play the Bruins had better chances, David Krejci nearly finished off a beautiful play with a goal but his high shot was sent away by Luongo, his best save thus far.

Milan Lucic would come through with a goal on the doorstep, finishing off a good shift of cycling with a rebound goal. The play culminated when Johnny Boychuk got a pass at the blue line and quickly fired a low, hard shot on goal. Luongo stopped the shot with his pads but the puck squirted to Lucic who fought off a defender and hammered the puck past a sprawling Luongo for the Bruins first goal of the series.

Shortly after the goal the Bruins would get another power-play after some good follow-up shifts gave the Bruins momentum, forcing Aaron Rome to go the box for hooking. The Bruins would get a power-play goal, a cheapie when Chara flicked a shot on net that ended up bouncing in front of Luongo and past his glove for the goal. Despite being unclear, the goal was given to Mark Recchi as it was ruled that it hit off his skate and in.

Tim Thomas would make some big saves after the goal, keeping his team on top, making a big save on Jannik Hansen on a 2-on-1 down low, going left-to-right to make a huge save. Michael Ryder would then swipe another bid out of the crease a few shifts later, robbing a sure goal. The Canucks responded with their hardest push after the second goal, fighting to tie the game up late in the second period. The Bruins would push back with some respectable rushes of their own and earned a late power-play when Rome was called for interference. The first minute of the power-play went by the wayside without much energy but the last half would begin on fresh ice in the third period.

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The Bruins started the power-play without Zdeno Chara and returned to a more traditional looking power-play but the Bruins wouldn’t score and Dennis Seidenberg would go to the box with eight seconds left. The Canucks would get almost an entire power-play as a result. The Bruins penalty-kill would hold the Canucks without a shot on goal or really any threatening moments.

The Bruins fed off the kill by tightening up in the neutral zone, back-checking the hell out of Canucks forwards and keeping the Canucks at bay except for the first line who continued to look like the best line in hockey. Daniel Sedin would tie the game up midway through the period when the Canucks finished off a great shift with a rebound goal. Alex Edler shot it, got stopped in front and Alex Burrows quickly passed to Daniel Sedin who beat Thomas barely despite Thomas being on his stomach.

After the goal the Canucks went on the offensive, getting a few odd-man rushes that were snuffed out by defensemen at the last second but the ice was clearly tilted in Vancouver’s favor. The Canucks would continue pressing until the final whistle, nearly scoring a few times in the final minute against a tired Bruins squad. The teams would go to overtime, marking the second game in the series in which a game would be decided 59+ minutes in.

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Alex Burrows would end the game just 11 seconds into overtime with a great self effort. He raced down the left side, faked a shot against an over-committed Tim Thomas and then raced around the net alluding a Zdeno Chara check and wrapping it into the empty net after Thomas got caught diving at the other end of the net.

The goal put the Bruins in an 0-2 hole going back to Boston, both losses coming extremely late in the game.

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