Bruins Live Blog: Alexandre Burrows Scores 11 Seconds into Overtime to Give Canucks 3-2 Win in Game 2 in Vancouver

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Bruins Live Blog: Alexandre Burrows Scores 11 Seconds into Overtime to Give Canucks 3-2 Win in Game 2 in Vancouver Overtime, 0:11, Canucks 3-2: That didn't take long, as Alexandre Burrows scores just 11 seconds into overtime to end this one and give the Canucks a 2-0 series lead.

Burrows drove down the left side and was forced wide by Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas, but collected the puck again behind the net and was able to wrap it around at the right post with Thomas out of the crease.

Overtime, 0:00, 2-2: And overtime is under way here at Rogers Arena. The next goal wins, and whoever gets it will mean the difference between coming back to Boston tied 1-1 or facing a huge 2-0 series hole.

Third Intermission Notes: The Bruins will have to win this one in overtime, as they couldn't hold on to the one-goal lead in the third. Vancouver scored the only goal of the frame and outshot Boston 11-5 in the period. The Canucks have a 32-30 edge overall in shots.

They also have a 40-31 advantage in hits in what's been another physical affair. The Bruins are up 18-16 on blocked shots and are 23-21 on faceoffs (52 percent).

Zdeno Chara has played 28:01 so far, with Dennis Seidenberg at 26:29 with four shots and five blocked shots.

End Regulation, 2-2: This one will require sudden death overtime to decide, as the Canucks rally to tie it in the third and force extra time.

Third Period, 17:20, 2-2: The Bruins with their best threat in a while as Krejci weavs down the right side with some nifty moves, but fires just wide.

Third Period, 14:24, 2-2: The Bruins dodge a couple bullets, as Johnny Boychuk breaks up a 2 on 1 with both Sedins on the attack, then Adam McQuaid helps stop a 4 on 1 chance, which leads to a major scrum in the Boston crease.

Third Period, 9:37, 2-2: The Canucks tie it on a pretty passing play in front as Daniel Sedin gets the goal.

Alex Edler sent in a shot from the point that was blocked in front, but Alex Burrows gained control in the slot and dished it over to Sedin for the shot from the left circle.

Third Period, 9:16, Bruins 2-1: Lots of action around Thomas, who continues to make big stops as the Canucks crash his crease. THe Bruins still lead in shots 29-25, but Thomas has been tested often and there's been more than a few close calls.

Third Period, 7:13, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins continue to create chances, with Adam McQuaid jumping up into the attack for a bid from the slot from Nathan Horton that nearly sneaks by Luongo.

Bieksa was back on the ice for that shift.

Third Period, 4:38, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins come close to adding to the lead as a shot is deflected onto Luongo, then Rich Peverley has a chance on the rebound in the left slot but Luongo sends it up over the net.

On the same play, Kevin Bieksa goes down hurt and is treated on the ice, but he stays on the bench after he got off rather than going to the room.

Third Period, 2:52, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins are able to kill that penalty off and the sides are back at even strength.

Third Period, 0:52, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins can't convert on that chance, and it ends early as Dennis Seidenberg is called for tripping. After a quick stretch of 4 on 4 play, the Canucks will go on the power play themselves.

Third Period, 0:00, Bruins 2-1: The final frame is under way here at Rogers Arena, where the Bruins are 20 minutes away from evening this Cup Final. They lead by just one though, so this game is far from over.

The Bruins will get a chance to create some breathing room early as they open the period with 59 seconds left on a power play after finally breaking through with a goal on the man advantage in the second.

End Second Period, Bruins 2-1: The middle frame is in the books, and it was a good one for the Bruins. They finally found some offense, scoring twice, including once on the power play, to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. They'll also begin that period with 59 seconds left on their latest power play.

Second Period, 18:59, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins get another power-play chance late as Aaron Rome is sent off for interference.

Second Period, 17:45, Bruins 2-1: Thomas with another key save, this time stopping Daniel Sedin on a bid in close.

Second Period, 15:20, Bruins 2-1: Thomas gets a little help from Chara and Ryder, who combine to block a Jeff Tambellini bid at the right post with an open net behind Thomas.

Second Period, 13:56, Bruins 2-1: The Canucks are pressing the attack now, but Tim Thomas has answered the challenge. he's made a few big stops, the best coming on a point-blank bid by Jannik Hansen at the right post off a crossing pass by Ryan Kesler. Thomas went post to post to rob him with a pad save.


Second Period, 11:35, Bruins 2-1: The Bruins take their first lead of the series with the rarest of goals – a power-play strike by Mark Recchi.

Recchi tipped in a shot by Zdeno Chara in front of Luongo as the Bruins changed up their power-play units and finally got some results.


Second Period, 10:26, 1-1: The Bruins will now go back on the power play as Aaron Rome is called for holding.

Second Period, 9:00, 1-1: The Bruins pull even as Boston gets its first goal of thes eries from Vancouver native Milan Lucic.

David Krejci began the play with an indirect pass off the boards to Johnny Bychuk for a one-timer from the right point. Luongo made the save on that, but Lucic banged in the rebound in front.

Second Period, 5:28, Canucks 1-0: Some nifty passing by the Bruins leads to a chance from the left circle by Krejci, who one-timed a feed from Nathan Horton, but Luongo again made the stop.

Second Period, 3:03, Canucks 1-0: The Bruins can't get anything going on that power play, though Recchi did have one chance in front off a feed from Michael Ryder, but Luongo made the stop.

Second Period, 1:03, Canucks 1-0: The Bruins will get their first power-play chance of the night as Kevin Bieksa is sent to the box for delay of game for firing the puck over the glass.

Second Period, 0:00, Canucks 1-0: The middle frame is under way, with the Bruins looking to pull even in this game to have a chance to pull even in the series.

First Intermission Notes: The Bruins face an uphill climb as they trail 1-0 after one period while already down 1-0 in the series. They still have not been able to get a single puck past Roberto Luongo in four periods so far in this series.

The shots are even at 11-11, but the Canucks have had the more dangerous chances. The Bruins also found out again that they can't afford to be in the box, as the lone goal came on a power play. The Bruins' penalty kill was actually very effective against the Canucks' first unit, but the second unit struck late in the penalty, showing just how quickly they can cash in on a mistake after Andrew Ference couldn't get his clearing attempt out of the zone.

The physical play has been even more robust than it was in Game 1. The teams have combined for 42 hits already, with the Canucks holding a 22-20 edge. They've been legit hits too, as both teams are throwing their weight round with abandon. Andrew Alberts and Mark Recchi are the leaders in that category with four hits apiece.

End First Period, Canucks 1-0: The first 20 minutes are in the books, and the Bruins still have not scored a goal in the series as they head into the first intermission down a goal after the Canucks finally took advantage of a power-play chance.

First Period, 18:48, Canucks 1-0: The shots are now even at 10-10 after the Bruins had that 9-4 lead going into Vancouver's power play. The Canucks have carried the play for the second half of this period.

First Period, 15:32, Canucks 1-0: The hitting continues, with Raffi Torrs launching himself at Daniel Paille. But Torres took the worst of the collision, and limped back to the bench in pain.

First Period, 12:12, Canucks 1-0: The Canucks strike first, and it's Alexandre Burrows who supplies the goal late on the power play.

After Sami Salo stopped an Andrew Ference clearing attempt, he sent the puck down low to Chris Higgins, and Burrows then snapped off a quick shot from the left circle that appeared to surprise Thomas.


First Period, 10:24, 0-0: The Bruins get the first penalty of the night and it will be Zdeno Chara in the box for interference after taking down Ryan Kesler in the high slot to give the Canucks a power play. This is a huge early kill for the Bruins, who have a 9-4 edge in shots but still no goals in the series.

First Period, 9:39, 0-0: The Bruins with a bid as Michael Ryder leads a 2-on-1 break down the right wing an takes the shot himself. It goes up high and takes off Luongo's mask, but the Canucks netminder keeps it out of the net.

First Period, 8:20, 0-0: This game has picked up right where Game 1 left off in regard to the physical play, as both teams continue to bring the big hits at every opportunity. Aaron Rome and Krejci exchanged checks at the Canucks blue line, while Dennis Seidenberg delivered another big shot at the Boston line.

First Period, 5:41, 0-0: David Krejci with a golden chance in front, but he can't put it home against Luongo.

First Period, 3:10, 0-0: Johnny Boychuk delivers a huge hit on Ryan Kesler in the corner. Kesler was slow getting up after that check and appeared a bit shaken up.

First Period, 1:49, 0-0: Manny Malhotra comes out for his first shift, to a thunderous ovation from the fans at Rogers Arena.

First Period, 1:26, 0-0: The Bruins get with the Krejci line and Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk on defense out opposite the Sedins. The Canucks keep the Bruins hemmed in their zone, but Boston survives.

First Period, 0:00, 0-0: After another stirring rendition of the the anthems, particularly the Canadian anthem sung by Mark Donnelly – and the fans – we're ready to get Game 2 under way at Rogers Arena as the Bruins look to pull even in the Cup Final.

8:10 p.m.: The Bruins will start their usual opening line of Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi, with Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg on defense and Tim Thomas in goal.

The Canucks counter with Chris Higgins, Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond up front, Sami Salo and Alexander Edler on the blue line and Roberto Luongo in net.

8 p.m.: Manny Malhotra is officially in for the Canucks, who scratch Alexandre Bolduc up front along with Tanner Glass and Aaron Vopatti.

Former Bruin Andrew Alberts is in on defense for Dan Hamhuis. Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev remain out as healthy scratches on the blue line.

The Bruins have again scratched Shawn Thornton, Shane Hnidy and Steven Kampfer, along with the usual Black Aces.

7:50 p.m.: The Bruins skated with the same line combinations in the warm-up that they've been using, so it looks like there will be no lineup changes. Shawn Thornton, Shane Hnidy and Steven Kampfer skated in warm-ups as usual, but did not participate in the line drills.

Here's the full line combinations from the warm-up:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton

Marchand-Bergeron-Recchi

Ryder-Kelly-Seguin

Paille-Campbell-Peverley

Defense pairs:

Chara-Seidenberg

Ference-Boychuk

Kaberle-McQuaid

7:40 p.m.: The clubs have taken the ice for warm-ups here at Rogers Arena.

Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo led the teams out and will be the starting goalies once again as expected.

Manny Malhotra is on the ice for the Canucks, but Dan Hamhuis is not. Andrew Alberts is out there, while Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev are not, so it looks like Alberts will be in for Hamhuis.

Alexandre Bolduc is out there as well for Vancouver, which will make a game-time decision on Malhotra.

7:15 p.m.: The Bruins and Canucks will clash in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in about an hour, as Boston looks to even the series after dropping a tough 1-0 decision on Wednesday.

The Canucks will try to retain the home-ice advantage and take a 2-0 series lead into Boston when the series shifts to TD Garden for Games 3 and 4.

The teams will take the ice at Rogers Arena for warm-ups in just a few minutes, so stay tuned for plenty of more updates throughout the night.

8 a.m: The Bruins' first taste of Stanley Cup Final action in 21 years proved rather bitter.

Boston matched the favored Canucks blow for blow for more than 59 minutes, battling in a scoreless draw as Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo engaged in a classic goalie duel in Game 1 on Wednesday. But the Bruins blinked with 18.5 seconds left. Vancouver's speedy forwards finally found a crack in the Boston defense and Raffi Torres ended the game before it could reach overtime, lifting the Canucks to a 1-0 win and a one-game advantage in the series.

Now the Bruins will look to get even in Game 2 at Rogers Arena on Saturday. It's a game both sides understand will be vital to deciding this series and which city will finally enjoy a Cup celebration.

"I think for both teams obviously it's a very important game," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "For them, without a doubt, they're thinking about coming in here and getting at least a split. We're thinking about keeping home-ice advantage."

The Bruins have overcome a 2-0 series deficit once already this postseason, losing the first two games at home to Montreal in the opening round and coming back to prevail in seven games. But Vancouver is a far better team than Montreal, and climbing out of a two-game hole against the Canucks will be a much greater challenge. A challenge the Bruins would just as soon avoid with a victory Saturday to even the series before returning to Boston.

"Obviously we want to get back in this series," Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. "It's very important. We'll approach the next game always as the most important one. Now it's about Game 2. It's the biggest game right now of the series. It's always like that. Now we're just concentrating on making sure we're coming out of here with a great game. Obviously we want the win."

Game 1 was a surprisingly physical affair, with plenty of big hits and post-whistle scrums. One of the latter led to Vancouver agitator Alexandre Burrows biting Bergeron's finger at the end of the first period. Burrows avoided a suspension and will be in the lineup again on Saturday. Manny Malhotra (eye) could also return for the first time since March, while defenseman Dan Hamhuis is expected to be out after suffering an undisclosed injury in Game 1.

Of more concern than any potential lineup changes may be how the Canucks appeared to get stronger as Game 1 wore on. The Bruins will be hard-pressed to contain the speed of the deep and talented Canucks lineup, but will have to find a way to pull even in the series. 

"I thought the first game was a very good game as far as us getting better in the game," Vigneault said. "We had our best period in the third. We had been off for eight days. I thought in the third period we were playing faster. We showed more speed on the ice. I expect that to continue here in Game 2."

The Bruins have other ideas. And whichever team can impose its will in this game will take a major step toward winning a championship both cities have waited four decades to celebrate.

The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. out here in Vancouver), so check back here throughout the day for updates on all the action from Rogers Arena.

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