Stanley Cup finals, Game 1: Boston 0, Vancouver 0 after two periods
But the Canucks suffered a potentially damaging blow when defenseman Dan Hamhuis suffered an apparent injury while hip-checking Boston's Milan Lucic early in the period. Hamhuis didn't return and no injury report was available.
The Bruins started the period with a power play as the result of a scrum at the end of the first period. Alex Burrows, who appeared to bite the gloved fingers of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, got a double minor for roughing while Bergeron got only a minor penalty. When Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa was sent off for high-sticking at 28 seconds the Bruins had a five-on-three advantage but wasted it.
The Canucks later had a five-on-three but only briefly, and they, too, couldn’t do much, though Tim Thomas made an excellent save on a wraparound attempt by Maxim Lapierre just over 13 minutes into the period.
Through two periods the Bruins had a 26-20 lead in shots on goal and each team had squandered six power plays.
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-- Helene Elliott in Vancouver, Canada
Photo: Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, left, checks Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis during the second period of Wednesday's game. Credit: Darryl Dyck / Associated Press