Saturday, June 4, 2011

Burrows Bites Boston Again in 3-2 Overtime Shocker

In the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals series between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins Alexandre Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron's finger which faced league scrutiny but no suspension. With two off days to digest the non suspension, the media gave it full coverage.

In game two, Burrow bit Boston in a different way. He had the game's opening goal halfway through the opening period on the Canuck power play. The controversy started up anew about whether he should even be playing in the game and not serving a suspension in the press box.

The bigger bite was in overtime when he took a pass from Daniel Sedin in the neutral zone and battled passed Norris Trophy candidate, Zdeno Chara and Vezina favorite Tim Thomas to nail a wrap-around goal eleven seconds into the first overtime period to win the game and give Vancouver a 2-0 series lead.

After Burrows's first goal, Bocton came back to take the lead with two second period goals by Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi on the power play to give them a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Vancouver came out in the third period with more determination and out shot Boston 11-5. With 10:35 left in the game Daniel Sedin took a pass from Burrows and scored to tie the game 2-2. Both teams fought hard down the stretch but it took overtime to decide the contest.

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Manny Malhotra played his first game since suffering what was thought to be a season ending eye injury and provided a great lift for the Canucks. He skated 13 shifts and was on the ice for 7:26. He excelled in the face off circle taking six out of seven draws.

Boston responded surprisingly well early on Saturday after suffering the 1-0 defeat in game one on a goal with 18 seconds left in the game. Tonight's shocker may be more difficult to shake off since they did play a better game and out played the Canucks through the first 40 minutes. For two straight games, Boston's intensity fell off in the final period which will not make for a long series if the trend continues.

Game three will be Monday night in Boston at the TD Garden. Vancouver fans may be silently pulling for the Bruins to win at least one game in Boston so they have one more chance to see their beloved Canucks play at home again this year in game five.

More Later...

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Nicotye said...

I saw Manny on NHL live and his eye still looks rough - enough to make my eyes water watching him. I'm not a Canucks fan by any means, but I always love examples showing why the men (and women) of hockey show what perseverance and grit mean!

PredsOnTheGlass said...

I wholeheartedly agree. His eye does not look good but he is a competitor and he never knows if he will ever have the chance to skate with the Cup again. I have become a fan of the Nucks since they beat Nashville. The Preds players had full respect for what they were able to do. The Canuck fans have been great and that is really what it is all about. Their team has given them a great show.