Canucks win in overtime nail-biter against Bruins
After another tight game against Boston, the Canucks managed to edge past the Bruins to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Fans nervously watched on the edge of their seats as Boston team took a 2-1 lead in the second period, with (former Canuck and Vancouverite) Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi both scoring goals. Tim Thomas, the Bruins' star goalie, was on his A-game once again tonight, robbing the Canucks of scoring chances even as they dominated and outshot the Bruins.
Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows was accused of taking a bite out of a Bruins player on Tuesday, but tonight, he bit a huge chunk out of the Boston Bruins' dream of bringing home the Cup. After Daniel Sedin finally managed to tie the game in the third period, Burrows came through in overtime to land an impossible-looking goal from around the net, somehow out-maneuvering Zdeno Chara, the 6'9 Bruins captain. Burrows was practically skating horizontally as he fought to maintain control of the puck and shoot a nearly impossible shot from around the net. His exceptional sense of balance while shooting the puck in the net reminded fans of his background as a former ball hockey player.
The real catalyst in the game may have been the return of Canucks centre Manny Malhotra, who was out since late March, stepped out on the ice. The audience shouted calls of "Manny! Manny!" to celebrate his nearly-miraculous return to the NHL during the finals, which doctors had initially called impossible. The crowd in Rogers Arena gave him a standing ovation for his comeback, and analysts speculated that his presence -- winning faceoffs despite his visibly red, swollen eye -- gave his team the morale boost needed to win the game tonight.