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VANCOUVER CANUCKS at BOSTON BRUINS (CANUCKS LEAD SERIES 2-0)

Written by:
Payton
Published on:
Jun/06/2011
VANCOUVER CANUCKS at BOSTON BRUINS

The Vancouver Canucks are just two wins away from winning their first Stanley Cup in team history after Alex Burrows netted game-winner just 11 seconds into OT, giving the Canucks a 2-0 series lead. The venue now shifts to Boston where the Bruins hope to get back into the series.

 Sportsbook.com has the Line/Total: Boston -125, Vancouver +105 & 5 over -120       

The Canucks have become the sixth straight team since the lockout to win the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals at home. Only the 2009 Detroit Red Wings failed to win the Cup after doing so. In the Expansion Era (since 1967-68 season) only two teams have failed to win the Stanley Cup after taking a 2-0 series lead (the Red Wings in 2009 and the Blackhawks in 1971). Despite struggling on the power play this series, scoring just once in eight chances, Vancouver has managed to win the first two games. The Canucks scored nine PPG in defeating the Sharks in five games in the Western Conference Finals.

Manny Malhotra returned to Vancouver’s lineup in Game 2 after missing two months with what appeared at the time to be a career-threatening eye injury. He should continue to provide a huge emotional boost for the Canucks. The 31-year old has become a team and fan favorite and many players look to Malhotra for leadership. After tying a team record with 12 points in the series against the Sharks, Henrik Sedin has failed to record a point in the first two games of this series, while Ryan Kesler has just an assist. Vancouver can’t expect to continue to win without getting a better performance from those two players. Roberto Luongo has been spectacular in the series, stopping 64 of his 66 shots faced. Alex Edler assisted on both the game-tying goal by Daniel Sedin and the game-winning goal by Burrows in Game 2.

The Bruins not only have history going against them after falling behind 2-0 in this series, but will be looking for their first win at home in the Stanley Cup Finals since Game 4 of the 1978 Stanley Cup Finals when they defeated the Canadiens 4-3 in OT. Since then, Boston has lost five games and had one that ended in a tie after a power failure stopped Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals against the Oilers at the old Boston Garden. The Bruins have really struggled on the power play this postseason, going just 1-of-9 this series and 6-for-70 this postseason. No Boston player has more than one point this series. Obviously the Bruins need some production from Nathan Horton and David Krejci, who after combining for 18 goals and 34 points in the first three rounds of the postseason, have just one combined assist this series. Tim Thomas has been solid this series, even outstanding at times, but allowed himself to be out of position on the Canucks OT goal, leaving an open net for Burrows to slide the puck into. That was the third “open net” goal that Thomas has allowed this postseason.

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