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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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.