After their heartbreaking loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins tried to relax without panic. Not an easy thing to do.
Tim Thomas is considered their equalizer in this series against the high-flying offense of the Canucks, and that's just the thing: Thomas was brilliant in Game 1, every bit the Vezina favorite he was during the regular season. And the Bruins still lost a heart-breaker, 1-0, on Raffi Torres' last second goal.
The Bruins simply didn't get many great scoring opportunities in Game 1, and in the end, it hurt them mightily. Roberto Luongo was just as good as Thomas in the Canucks net, but the B's were still out-chanced 13-7 at even strength for the game. A big part of that was just the Canucks flat-out domination of things. They had all the time and space in the world and the Bruins, for the most part, couldn't take it away despite their best efforts.
If that dichotomy is going to continue in Game 2 and beyond, the Bruins need to take advantage of their power play opportunities if they're going to want to win.
And well, if you've watched the B's any time lately, that's going to be tough. They've stuck with Zdeno Chara down low on the power play and that should continue in Game 2, but the goals and the chances just aren't coming. It needs to improve sooner rather than later for Boston, or they need to step up the attack at even strength.
Either way, something has to give. Or Tim Thomas has to be even more brilliant, and even for him, that could be tough.
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