Raffi Torres scored the only goal of the game with just 18.5 seconds left in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins and lead the Stanley Cup Final 1-0. Jannick Hansen passed to Torres and he slid the puck into the wide open net and sent the home town Rogers Arena crowd home happy.
The first period had a total of seven penalties so both teams had plenty of chances to work on their special teams. Vancouver was penalized four times and Boston was sent to the sin bin three times. Vancouver had some good early chances before all the penalties started by Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler, but as usual Boston goalieTim Thomas stood tall and kept Vancouver from scoring. Boston anemic power play was able to get some pressure on Vancouver as they put Zedeno Charo in front of the net screening Roberto Luongo, but still could not find the back of the net. Their best chance to score came when Daniel Sedin was given a 4:00 penalty for high sticking, but they were not able to beat Luongo and the first period ended scoreless. Boston will have to get some goals off their power play if they plan on winning the Stanley Cup.
The penalties continued in the second period as the teams combined for six penalties in the second period. Boston had a great chance to score the first goal of the game when they had a 5 on 3 advantage early in the second period, but once again the Bruins power play failed. Late in the second period Patrice Bergeron took a needless tripping penalty behind the Vancouver net, but the Canucks did not have any good scoring chances and the second period ended 0-0.
The ice was tilted towards Boston’s end in the third period as Vancouver controlled the third period out shooting Boston 14-10 and had numerous scoring chances, but Thomas was there to turn back the Canucks. Thomas’s best save came when he stopped Jannik Hansen on a breakaway. It looked like Game 1 was going to be decided in overtime until Jannik Hansen spotted Raffi Torres and he slid the puck past Thomas to give Vancouver the win. Game 2 will be on Saturday in Vancouver at Rogers Arena.
Notes: Boston went 0-6 on the power play and has only scored on 7.5 per cent of their power plays in the playoffs.
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Written by Kevin Kelly