After Vancouver drew first blood in the first period of yesterday's Stanley Cup Finals game, the Boston Bruins responded with two goals in the second, and it looked like the best-of-seven NHL series was going to be a back-and-forth battle.
But there was more hockey to play, and now it looks like Boston's on the ropes.
The Vancouver Canucks tied it in the third period on a shot by Daniel Sedin, sending the game into overtime.
Then Alexandre Burrows rose to the occasion, scoring his second goal of the day 19 seconds into overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory. Burrows' two goals were especially sweet for the 30-year-old winger--and especially bitter for Bruins fans--because he had been accused of biting the finger of Boston's Patrice Bergeron in Wednesday's game. Boston fans were urging a suspension, but the NHL did not discipline Burrows.
The two teams now move to Boston for the next two games in the series, starting on Monday. Being down two games to start a series is not new for the Bruins--they were down two games to Montreal in the first round and came back to win it--and Boston coach Claude Julien doesn't seem overly concerned. It's not the end of the world here, he told Reuters. We lost the game, but we're a better team than that, and we're a team that's bounced back all through the season.