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Luongo extended his streak of Game 1 wins to five with his 36-save performance, denying the Bruins through a string of first-period power plays. With the presence of Chara in front of his net on the man advantage, for once it wasn't merely his own monsters that Luongo had to deal with. By making the necessary adjustments—peeking around the towering Chara instead of over him—the net-minder turned aside all of the Bruins' 12 power-play shots.
Each of those saves was essential because Thomas was proving to be equally impregnable. Denying a couple of point-blank chances and stoning Hansen on a breakaway early in the third period, Thomas continued his spectacular postseason with 33 saves, including 13 in the final frame, when the Canucks found their feet and began applying more sustained pressure.
"For two periods I was pretty pleased," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Obviously in the third period they were the better team."
GAME 2 June 4, Rogers Arena
Canucks 3, Bruins 2
IF THE ENTIRE HOCKEY WORLD HAD TO TALK ABOUT his son, Rodney Burrows preferred the topic not be that infamous bite that Alexandre took on Bergeron's glove in the series opener. "[He] listens to everything, and he told me to score some goals," Alexandre said of his dad after Game 2. "I listened to his advice tonight."
Vancouver's resident baiter turned biter channeled his inner scorer with a power-play goal in the first period. And as the game moved into overtime knotted at 2—2, Burrows seized an even greater opportunity. Right off the opening face-off he swept behind Boston's net with the puck, outreaching Chara to slip the game-winner into an open net vacated by the outfoxed Thomas. Time of goal: 11 seconds. "Some players just have a knack [for the big goals]," Kesler said. "[Burrows] is one of them."
For the second straight game the Canucks got stronger as the night went on. Using their speed to create odd-man rushes and generate traffic in front of the Bruins' net, Vancouver outshot Boston 11—5 in the third period, eclipsing the momentum the Bruins had gained from a solid second period in which they scored twice. With 9:37 gone in the third, Hart Trophy finalist Daniel Sedin took a quick pass from Burrows in the slot and tied the game with an easy wrister over a sprawling Thomas.
"As far as I'm concerned, we're taking responsibilities for this loss," coach Julien said. In particular, Julien was less than enamored with his team's neutral zone play. Turnovers in the middle of the ice are the kind of errors upon which a team with speed, such as Vancouver, capitalizes.