Many people were expecting the Bruins to get their doors blown off in Game 1. We've heard it all...Ryan Kesler is amazing, the Sedin twins are the best thing to skate on frozen water, Roberto Luongo is so good the Vezina Trophy is being renamed "The Lou". People were predicting outrageous scores. I saw 6-2 Canucks, 5-1 Canucks, 7-0 Canucks. It's amazing to me that people who are "supposed to know hockey" don't really know the game at all.
Boston is a defensive minded team and last night they showed why. They played their best defensive game of the playoffs last night despite the refs making terrible calls on both sides. Wait a minute, you mean that I'm saying the refs were bad to the Canucks too? Yeah I am. It's obvious that they tried to control the game, but the Bruins penalty kill stood up to the task and killed off every penalty they faced.
In fact, the Bruins penalty kill and defense was so good that the Canucks couldn't get a shot off in the first 12 minutes of the second period. Sure, the Bruins got lucky on a few shots (the shot that rang off the left post comes to mind) but the Canucks were just as lucky. I reviewed my DVR during lunch and Kesler was offsides, but why bitch about it now? We can't go back in time and make the correct call.
Both teams played very well. Tim Thomas was electric in net last night for Boston. Right from the drop of the puck Vancouver tested Thomas with a flurry of shots and Timmy stood up to every one of them. He stopped rebounds, breakaways, one-timers...all except for one because his team left him out to dry. That's really what the game winning goal came down to. It came down to (another) bad move by Boychuk and an ill advised line change that left Thomas alone with two Vancouver players. 99% of goalies won't make that save, it just won't happen.
So the recap is pretty short but that's because there isn't much that needed to be said. The game was so close that either team could have pulled it off in the last minute. I guess we'll have to wait until Game 2 to see how this plays out.
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