What a game last night! Just when I thought Boston was going to tie the series, Vancouver comes back and wins it in dramatic fashion. This must be tough to take for Boston. They had a heartbreaking loss in the first game in the last couple of seconds, which is tough to come back from. But they came out and played physical and had a great chance to win it. After Vancouver scored that second goal, I was surprised to see Boston come back . . . they really carried the play for the rest of the third period. When the home team ties the game up like that, I thought Boston would play pretty tentative. But they definitely had the upper hand in the second half of the third period.
The Bruins' Milan Lucic was a really physical player out there, which was awesome to see. I just love watching him play –- I think he’s an incredible force out there and he’s been playing some great hockey, too. Their top line has really impressed me too.
Obviously there was some debate as to whether Alexandre Burrows should have been suspended for his altercation with Patrice Bergeron. The league made their decision and obviously it's been a big story. He ends up being such an impact player in Game 2. So whether or not the right call was made, I thought Burrows was the star of the game. Scoring the first, assisting on the second and scoring the OT goal . . . he has really shined in the series.
It was great to see Manny Malhotra come back to play in Game 2. Anytime a character guy like that is back in the lineup –- and Manny is a great guy –- it’s going to bolster your team. You’re looking at an already potent Vancouver lineup, so to have someone come back like that, it’s definitely a moral victory and it certainly played a role in their win. I think Vancouver is just clicking right now. They’ve been the only team that’s been dominant all year.
If I’m playing for Vancouver, you obviously have to make a statement with the next game to keep the confidence. Going up 3-0 would be very hard for Boston to come back from. It would be huge for the Canucks to take that first game on the road. But I think Boston is playing very well and going home, they’re finally going to get some breaks. I don’t think this series is over by any means. It’s no time to play it safe if you’re Vancouver, especially on the road.
I think Boston is definitely going to fight back –– they’ve got too good of a team not to. It’s been an exciting series for sure and I’ll definitely be watching the rest of the way. If they can win at least one of the next two, I won’t be surprised to see the series go back to Boston for Game 6. I think Boston wins Game 3, Vancouver takes Game 4, Boston wins Game 5 and Vancouver ices it in Game 6.
Enjoy the rest of the series! Over and out!
The Times is pleased to have Ducks enforcer George Parros blogging for us during the Stanley Cup finals. Parros has blogged in the past about life in the NHL.
Photo: George Parros skates during warmups before a game this winter. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire