Jun 6, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT
Many Boston Bruins fans are probably still stewing about Alex Burrows‘ great Game 2 performance. They should relax, though, since their own team benefited from a game-winning goal by a could-have-been-suspended player when Nathan Horton scored Game 7’s only goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Fairly gained or not, the Vancouver Canucks take a 2-0 series lead into Boston for Game 3. Both of the first two games came down to last-minute goals, leaving the Bruins wondering what could have been. How will they feel about things after tonight? We’ll have to wait and see.
Vancouver @ Boston (Versus) – 8 p.m. ET; Canucks lead series 2-0
The lineups shouldn’t be drastically different tonight, although there are some rumblings that Shawn Thornton might play for Boston tonight (possibly for not-so-hot-anymore rookie Tyler Seguin). Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis almost certainly won’t return to the Vancouver lineup in Game 3 (and beyond, perhaps).
The Bruins have a chance to make the series score match what has been some tightly fought games so far. PHT produced a ton of content for Game 3, so check out some of the highlights below.
- What Game 2 told us.
- Examining a solid (if sparse) return by Manny Malhotra.
- Five Thoughts about Game 2.
- The Canucks use psychology to earn an edge.
- Bruins look to historical 2-0 comebacks for inspiration to begin their own.
- Mark Recchi became the oldest player in Stanley Cup finals history to score a goal when he deflected a shot past Roberto Luongo on the power play.
- Tim Thomas won’t change his aggressive ways, even if Luongo is enjoying a better mix of aggressiveness and heady play so far.
- Canucks fans made a lot of noise in Game 2 … but not as much as Chicago or Philadelphia fans during their highest points in 2010.
- Alain Vigneault wasn’t pleased with Rich Peverley‘s slash; Claude Julien is still angry about the Burrows bite and his teammates’ reaction.
- Burrows went from not being drafted to becoming a dark horse candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
- Will the bounces keep going Vancouver’s way? Perhaps home ice advantage will allow the Bruins to earn more bounces instead?
- The Bruins hope to cut down on their mistakes (in the neutral zone and beyond) to turn this series around.
- Neither team will blame jet lag for defeat, despite dealing with a 2,500+ mile trip from Vancouver to Boston.
- Canucks’ “College Line” brings American flavor to Vancouver.
- Want even more content? Check out the Game 1 and Game 2 primers for all you can ask for.
- How do Voracek, Giroux compare to the most expensive duos? 46
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal 68
- Report: Canucks, Sutter closing in on five-year deal, north of $20M 28
- Voynov serving sentence at jail that once advertised it had flat screen TVs 45
- Report: Bernier and Leafs more than $2 million apart ahead of Friday’s arbitration hearing 12
- Flyers re-sign Couturier: six years, $26 million 40
- Benning calls Sutter a ‘foundation piece’ for Canucks 24
- Here’s a chart that shows which teams have been good/bad at drafting 40
- Penguins sign Fehr to three-year, $6 million contract 22
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening 54
- Bettman says NHL would have to ‘consider’ putting Quebec City in the Western Conference (71)
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal (70)
- Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million (62)
- NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16 (58)
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening (54)