Raffi Torres didn’t open the scoring until there were just 19 seconds left in the third period, but the 1-0 final score is not indicative of the pace at which Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was played. Both teams registered double digits in shots in the first and third periods, with Boston getting 17 pucks on Luongo in the opening frame alone. Those who were hoping for a goaltending battle had their thirst satiated by outstanding performances from both Roberto Luongo (36 saves) and Tim Thomas (33 saves).
Despite six chances per side neither team could get much going with the man advantage, and this game was not without penalty calls early on.
Boston blew a 4-minute power play after Daniel Sedin earned a double minor for drawing blood on Zdeno Chara with a high stick in the first period. Claude Julien ran one power play unit that featured three defencemen on the ice together, while Patrice Bergeron was paired on the point with the mighty Andrew Ference on another group. Officials Stephen Walkom and Dan O’Rourke suffered from a case of whistle stuck in mouth through most of the first two periods, calling 13 penalties in total before putting their weapons away for the third frame.
Alex Burrows grabbed a hold of the lead for most controversial play of the evening at the end of the first when he appeared to bite on one of Patrice Bergeron’s gloved fingers. Burrows was handed a double minor for his scuffle with Bergeron, who also started the second period in the box after taking a roughing penalty of his own.
Burrows reportedly denied biting Bergeron’s finger in the post-game, but there’s video that says he did or at least put in quite an effort in attempt to eat his finger like it’s just another meal:
Dan Hamhuis left the game just four minutes into the second period after sending Milan Lucic head over blades with a nice hip check, but the Canucks defenceman appeared to have taken the worst of the hit:
Hamhuis did not return to the game and we’ll have more on his status as it’s available. It looks like it should be Hamhuis’ leg or hip that was injured, given his injury history, though, we shouldn’t rule out any number of potential wounds. Very classy stuff from the Bruins bench if our lead photo tells an accurate tale of what’s happening. Maybe he just thought Hamhuis was thirsty…
Alas, a late breakdown by the Bruins just 23 seconds away from overtime would decide the game when Ryan Kesler tipped a lengthy pass from Kevin Bieksa past Johnny Boychuk into the Bruins zone, appearing as though he may have been offside (close, but Kesler was able to drag a toe), which he then fired cross ice to Jannik Hansen who spotted Torres wide open to set up the winner.
Vancouver takes Game 1 by a final of 1-0.
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