Canucks beat Bruins, lead 2-0 in Stanley Cup series

Canucks beat Bruins, lead 2-0 in Stanley Cup series
Boston Bruins left wing Mark Recchi scores past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Burrows scored the second-earliest overtime goal in NHL playoff history to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, and a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup series.

Burrows circled the net and scored a stunning goal just 11 seconds into overtime.

Right after the opening faceoff of overtime, Burrows received a pass from Daniel Sedin and streaked down the side, eluding Boston captain Zdeno Chara behind the net. He extended his stick for a wraparound shot, beating out-of-position Boston goalie Tim Thomas for his second goal of the game.

"As soon as I got the puck, I knew I was going to fake a shot and then try to beat him," Burrows said. "I lost the puck in front of Tim Thomas, but I got it back, and I got it in."

Game 3 is Monday in Boston.

Only four teams have rallied from an 0-2 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup finals in 46 tries, although the Pittsburgh Penguins did it only two years ago, against Detroit.

Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, who trailed 0-2 in the first round against Montreal — losing both games at home — before rallying to win the series in seven games.

"It was better today than in Game 1, and we're going to have to keep that up if we want to score some more goals," Lucic said.

Burrows' goal nearly was the fastest OT goal in finals history, taking just a bit longer than Brian Skrudland's goal for Montreal 9 seconds into Game 2 against Calgary on May 18, 1986.

"Burr comes in to make a sick play," said NHL scoring champion Sedin, who had tied it with 10:23 left in the third period. "It was crazy. Outreach a 6-(foot)-9 player? I didn't think he was going to be able to score from where he was. I don't know what happened, but it was really nice to see it go in."

Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for the Canucks, but the night belonged to Burrows, who avoided suspension for this game after being accused of biting Boston's Patrice Bergeron in Game 1. He scored on a power play in the first period, and he even set up Sedin's tying goal with a sharp pass from the slot.

Thomas stopped 30 shots for the Bruins, but his trademark aggressiveness put him too far away from his net during the brief overtime. Burrows used his speed to elude the 2.03-meter (6-foot-9) Chara before slipping the puck into Thomas' unguarded net.

"We knew our scouting report on Thomas," Burrows said. "We know he likes to come out and challenge and freeze you, so if I shoot there, I think he stops it and covers all the angles, so I wanted to walk around."

Vancouver had been struggling against a tough Boston defense but found a way to put Vancouver halfway toward its first NHL crown.

"We lost the game ourselves," Boston forward David Krejci said. "They played well, but we had the game in our hands and we just gave it away."

The Canucks got a pregame boost from the inspirational return of center Manny Malhotra, who hadn't played since incurring a career-threatening eye injury on March 16. The Canucks also played without top defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who missed his first game of the playoffs after getting hurt midway through Game 1 while delivering a check. Andrew Alberts filled in, playing his first game in four weeks.

But until Sedin's late goal, Boston played a second straight game of impressive shutdown defense against Vancouver's vaunted top line featuring the NHL's last two scoring champions — Daniel and twin brother Henrik Sedin.

"We're not a team that panics," Vancouver center Ryan Kesler said. "We're a team that bears down. If we're going to lose, we're going to lose giving it our all. Every shift counts in the playoffs, and we battle right to the end."

Burrows scored his first goal while skating on Vancouver's second-team, power-play unit with just 12 seconds left in the man advantage, taking a short pass from Chris Higgins and flicking a shot under Thomas' arm.

The Bruins had scored just one goal in their previous seven periods of playoff hockey before Milan Lucic finally ended the drought in the second period. The Vancouver native bulled into the slot and batted the rebound of Johnny Boychuk's shot under Luongo's extended pad.

Mark Recchi put the Bruins ahead 2:35 later, scoring just their second road power-play goal of the entire postseason. The 43-year-old artfully deflected a heavy shot by Chara.

The Bruins had just one goal on the power play in six games before Recchi scored. Recchi, who plans to retire if the Bruins win the Cup, hadn't scored in their previous 11 playoff games since April 30.

The Sedins' line finally connected midway through the third period after Daniel took the puck away from Chara in Boston's end. Burrows eventually found Daniel Sedin on the other side of Thomas' net, and the Hart Trophy finalist fired home his ninth goal of the postseason.