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Alex Freaking Burrows.
The Vancouver Canucks could not have asked for a better night for their little biter in their 3-2 overtime win against the Boston Bruins Saturday night.
Burrows was involved in all three of the Canuck goals, tallying up two goals and an assist on Hart Trophy finalist Daniel Sedin’s 9th playoff goal of the year. Burrows’ game winner in overtime was nothing short of skillful. After receiving a perfect pass from Daniel Sedin, the speedy winger looped behind the net, beyond the reach of Zdeno Chara’s poke check and beating Tim Thomas to send the fans in Vancouver home happy. One game after the infamous “inconclusive” bite of Patrice Bergeron, the Canuck winger’s shot hurts more than his bite.
While the Bruins lost the first two games in the Stanley Cup, they have shown they can skate with the much more skillful Canucks team. After losing their Stanley cup opener 1-0, the team took their extended rest period to work on their horrific power play. Whatever they did in practice worked, because veteran Mark Recchi, who was under scrutiny for his lackluster performance in Game 1, beat Roberto Luongo for the B’s first power play goal of the series.
Also, playoff disappointment Milan Lucic scored his fourth playoff goal of the year on a great rebound shot in front of the net. It’s good to see Lucic score and maybe he will gain some confidence moving foward in the series. I believe, and I have no sources or proof of this, that Lucic is battling some sort of upper body injury, and it’s good to see someone with that sort of grit be rewarded for it. The man is a true hockey player, one that will not be denied a chance at the Cup.
The series returns home to Boston on Monday night in what should be a packed TD Garden. While the team wishes it could have stolen a game in Vancouver, they know that they were in a similar position against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
We all know what happened after that.
The series is far from over but the Bruins must respond next game. They can not afford to go down in the series 3-0 against a talented and star studded Canucks squad. Even though it’s still possible to win a series being down 3-0, let’s face it, Vancouver is far too skilled to let that happen.