Bruins drop Game 2 to Canucks in overtime, 3-2


Bruins drop Game 2 to Canucks in overtime, 3-2

By JoeHaggerty

VANCOUVER In a flash, it was over. The question is, are the Bruins' Stanley Cup dreams over, too?

Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows scored 11 seconds into overtime Saturday night as the Canucks beat the Bruins, 3-2, and took a commanding 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The series now heads back to Boston, with the pressure squarely on the B's as they're facing two must-win games.

Burrows -- who escaped punishment from the National Hockey League after biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 -- took a pass and was on a breakaway just seconds into the extra frame. He worked his way around Zdeno Chara and then scored on an open net after goalie Tim Thomas left the crease to try to knock the puck loose.

It was Burrows' second goal of the game and his third point of Game 2. He scored the first goal of the game in the first period and assisted on Daniel Sedin's game-tying goal in the third period.

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead in the second period and held it for the first half of the third period. But the Canucks tied things up when Sedin popped in a score from the left circle off a great feed from Burrows in the slot area a pass that fooled Thomas and the Bruins defense, leaving their net wide open for Sedin.

The Bruins scored twice in the second period after being held scoreless for the first four periods of the finals. The B's second goal came, however improbably, on a power play. They had been successful on less than eight percent of their power plays going into Game 2, but Mark Recchi finally got them out of their slump.

Recchi tipped a Zdeno Chara blast and became the oldest NHL player in Stanley Cup Final history to score a goal. It was the first power-play point for Recchi in his 20th playoff game for the Bs this year.

Milan Lucic had scored the Bruins' first goal of the finals in the second period. He tied the game at 1-1 with a strong rebound goal in front of the net as he outmuscled Christian Ehrhoff for the puck off a Johnny Boychuk blast from the point. Lucic flipped a shot past a scrambling Roberto Luongo for the Bruins' first goal of the finals.

Burrows scored the games first goal on a power-play strike that beat Thomas to the short side.

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