Result leaves Sedin twins satisfied
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Sedin twins weren’t overly satisfied with the way their line played last night. They felt as if there were stretches, particularly in the second period, when they and the rest of the team were off their game. But not to worry. Linemate Alex Burrows, who avoided a suspension for biting Bruins center Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, came to the rescue.
Burrows had two goals and an assist, including the winner 11 seconds into overtime, lifting the Canucks to a 3-2 victory over Boston at Rogers Arena and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final as the series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4.
Daniel Sedin had a goal, an assist, and four shots, with his tally pulling his team into a 2-2 tie at 9:37 of the third period. Henrik Sedin was held off the scoresheet.
“We weren’t happy at all. The way we played, especially in the second period, was the worst we’ve played in the playoffs,’’ said Henrik. “We knew we had another gear but we also knew it was going to be tough to get by their goal because they play tight. So [Burrows] and Danny made some great plays and we were able to win the game.
“I think we’re going to have to play better. Tonight wasn’t our best game. We started playing a lot better in the third period and took over the game so that’s a good sign.’’
One area where the Canucks are superior to the Bruins is team speed. That was especially evident in the third period.
“I think we have four lines that go out there and play the same way,’’ said Daniel. “We get pucks deep, we forecheck really hard and it wears teams down. It’s been like this the whole season, it’s nothing new for us. When we’re at our best, we usually have a lot of success in the third period.’’
Coach Alain Vigneault said the third period has been the Canucks’ best all season.
“If you look at our stats during the regular season, I think we were the best team in the third period as far as scoring goals,’’ he said. “So that hasn’t changed throughout the playoffs. We can push the pace and create scoring chances. I thought we did. I thought the twins, that line, really took over in the third and spent a lot of time in their end, wearing down their defense. It paid off for us. We were able to tie the game.’’
Vigneault would be happy, though, if he didn’t see a repeat of the second period, during which the Bruins scored two goals in less than three minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
“I didn’t like 15 minutes of that second period,’’ said the coach, referring to the first 15. “I thought we didn’t have our work boots on. We got outmuscled down low in our end and outmuscled in their end, I thought they really took it to us. But we talked about adjusting different things, especially our work ethic.’’
Even though they have a commanding lead in the series, the Canucks say they are not looking at it that way.
“We’re up 2-0 but it could’ve been 2-0 [for] them, too,’’ said Henrik. “We won it late in the first game and tonight in overtime. We know it’s going to be tight. We like our chances when we play with speed. We wear teams down. Even San Jose and Chicago and those guys, they wore down as the series went on. We’re happy to be up.’’
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