CSNNE.com: Canucks steal Game 1 from Bruins

CSNNE.com: Canucks steal Game 1 from Bruins
June 2, 2011, 3:28 am
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June 1, 2011



VANCOUVER The Bruins were 18.5 seconds away from an overtime period with the Canucks when Vancouver's Raffi Torres took a Jannik Hansen pass streaking to the net and scored to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, 1-0.

Tim Thomas made 35 saves, several of them spectacular, but the 36th shot gave the Canucks the 1-0 series lead.

The Bruins and Canucks went back and forth through the entire contest, but were dazzled at both ends by the goaltending play of Roberto Luongo and Thomas. In the third period, Luongo made a great concentration stop on Michael Ryder swooping in front the left wing on one end. Moments later, Thomas stoned Maxim Lapierre cold on a breakaway at the other end.

The statements were set early for both goalies as the Bruins and Canucks both had six power plays in the first two periods of play. Both teams enjoyed plenty of scoring chances amid the back and forth action. The game itself had little flow due to the penalties, but a couple of things were clear: The Canucks were more physical than their reputation that had preceded them, and the Bruins were a bit faster on their skates than perhaps Vancouver had anticipated.