After Alexandre Burrows gave the Bruins a power play to start the second period after biting Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period, Kevin Bieksa tried to make it even easier when he got whistled for a high stick 28 seconds into the second. The Bruins power play continued its struggling ways, despite 94 seconds of 5-on-3 play, but when Dan Hamhuis upended Milan Lucic in front of the Bruins bench, David Krejci put the Canucks back on the man-advantage when he cross-checked Hamhuis.
The Vancouver power play continued to struggle against the Bruins penalty kill, even when Boston gave them a 5-on-3 for extended time that Burrows promptly negated by taking a penalty for tripping Tim Thomas. It was clearly a flop by Thomas, but in a game when everything was being called, it was hard to blame him for taking the fall.
The referees finally put their whistles away when Henrik Sedin embellished a cross-check from Andrew Ference in the middle of the period, and as soon as they did, the ice opened up and Tim Thomas began to elevate his game.
Hamhuis didn't return after being at the bottom of the scrum following his hit on Lucic, and his absence was evident as Boston's top line was able to more easily gain the zone and get pucks to Luongo.
It took Vancouver nearly ten minutes to get its first shot on goal in the period, but once they did their offense began unloading. Thomas responded, making a number of strong saves and moving very well laterally throughout the latter half of the period.
SOG Boston 9 (26) Vancouver 8 (20)
Penalties Boston: David Krejci (Cross-Checking), 4:00; Dennis Seidenberg (Kneeing), 9:28; Rich Peverley (Hooking), 9:54; Patrice Bergeron (Tripping), 17:50. Vancouver: Kevin Bieksa (High-Sticking), 0:28, Alexandre Burrows (Tripping), 10:02.