If you were late to get back from intermission between the third period and overtime of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, you missed it. If you blinked, you probably missed it, as well. Just 11 seconds into the overtime period, Alex Burrows broke free, circled behind the Boston Bruins' goal and slipped a shot past Tim Thomas and into the net, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win and 2-0 series lead on Saturday night.
The man who made headlines following Game 1 for biting Patrice Bergeron during a heated moment let his play do the talking on Saturday night, scoring two goals and assisting on another as the Canucks held serve to take a 2-0 lead to Boston. Burrows, who escaped suspension earlier in the week, played the biggest role of them all, scoring the first goal of the game midway through the first period and assisting on another in the third. In between, the Bruins came alive, scoring twice over 2:35 in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. It was the only offense Boston would muster.
In the third, trailing the Bruins 2-1, Burrows struck again, threading a pass to Daniel Sedin for the game-tying goal. With neither team able to find the net again in the third, the Bruins and Canucks headed to the locker room to regroup and prepare for overtime. But before anyone could settle in, a mental lapse proved costly for Boston as a failed dump-in left Burrows on a breakaway, resulting in the game-winning goal just 11 seconds into the extra frame.
At this point, Burrows has to be public enemy number one in Boston, both for his actions in Game 1 and play in Game 2. Whatever the case may be, Vancouver now sits in firm control of the series with home ice and a 2-0 advantage ahead of Monday's Game 3 at TD Garden Arena.
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