Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins
Canucks fans will be watching intently as their club looks to go up 3-0 as the series shifts to Boston. The Bruins are -115 favorites over the Canucks while the over/under goal total is set at 5.
In what was only 11 seconds long in real time the overtime winner in Saturday night’s Game 2 must have seemed like an eternity for Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas who could do nothing but watch as he got frozen out of position as Canucks forward Alex Burrows outhustled Bruins defender Zdeno Chara behind the net and notched a wrap around winner. Thomas was quick to get up and skate away to the dressing room in frustration as another wasted effort passed him by and his team now find themselves in a 2-0 hole heading home. Meanwhile the Canucks inched another step closer to claiming their first title in franchise history and look like a team on a mission heading to Beantown where they can close this series out with 2 more victories.
Despite the constant criticism from some players around the league Canucks forward Alex Burrows continues to be a presence in these playoffs as witnessed again in Game 2 as he notched 2 goals and an assist including the overtime winner on a miraculous solo effort behind the net against one of the league’s most intimidating forces. The clutch scoring and offensive production from Burrows makes the Canucks dynamic offense that much more dangerous and if they can continue to generate offense at critical junctures than Vancouver should have no problem winning 2 of their next 5 games and be crowned as league champions. The offensive timing of the Canucks has been perfectly complimented by the exceptional play of Roberto Luongo in this series as he has allowed only 2 goals in the first 2 games and has been a huge contributor to the success of this team. If Vancouver can seal the deal and Luongo continues to play such a big role between the pipes he could very well claim the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP.
The Bruins have been competitive in both of their losses to start this series and perhaps deserved a better fate in game 2 after a heartbreaking loss in Game 1. Boston battled back after giving up the first goal of the game as they have grown accustomed to in these playoffs and held a 2-1 lead to the mid point of the final frame. But a bad break that led to a wide open cage for the Canucks that saw the teams draw even at two forced an overtime frame that was over before fans had a chance to finish putting the cheese on their nachos has been the demise of the black and yellow and now they face a must win on home ice in Game 3. The Bruins continue to struggle offensively against the Canucks blueliners and Luongo but they have had the opportunities and must find ways to capitalize in this one or else they run the risk of falling into what would an improbable hole to climb out of down three games to none.
Boston needs a big game from their biggest names and on a well balanced roster up front that could be a different star on any given night. However for the better part of these playoffs it has been Nathan Horton and David Krejci and if the two linemates can reach the same page early and often the B’s should get themselves back in this series. Great value on Vancouver as the best team in the league is a worthwhile investment any time they are at plus money but at the same time we have yet to see the best from this Bruins team and i think they will be playing on high emotion and win one for their goalie who is clearly frustrated with the team in front of him. I like the Bruins to make a statement and get back in this series in a big way. Take the Bruins minus the 115.
Boston Bruins -115 Vancouver Canucks