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Stanley Cup finals: Boston 2, Vancouver 1 after two periods in Game 2

June 4, 2011 |  7:06 pm


The Bruins, who were shut out by the Canucks in Game 1, finally solved Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo in the second period. After being stymied on 36 shots in Game 1 and their first 20 on Saturday in Game 2, they got the better of him twice and took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Boston pulled even at the nine-minute mark, as East Vancouver native Milan Lucic converted the rebound of a shot by defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

The Bruins continued to exert pressure, which led the Canucks to take a penalty, which led to -- gasp -- a power-play goal for the Bruins, their first in the finals and only their sixth in 69 advantages during the playoffs. Mark Recchi scored it by deftly redirecting a shot by Zdeno Chara past Luongo at 11:35.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas helped preserve that lead with a spectacular, sliding save on Jannik Hansen, sliding from his left to his right to get in front of Hansen’s close-in attempt.

The Canucks had a couple of other good chances, mostly from third-liners Hansen, Maxim Lapierre and Raffi Torres, but Thomas was up to the challenge.

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-- Helene Elliott in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: The Bruins' Mark Recchi redirects the puck past Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo for a goal in the second period of Game 2 on Saturday night in Vancouver. Credit: Andy Clark / Reuters