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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Boston Holds Pat, Continues To Lead 4-0 After Two

After outshooting Vancouver 19-11 in the first frame and outscoring them 4-0, it wasn't exactly surprising to see the Bruins go into a defensive shell and let their opponent control the play in the second period. 

What was a little surprising was how passively they did it. 

A couple of bad penalties by Patrice Bergeron let Vancouver start getting some flow offensively, and even though they were only playing with eleven forwards after Mason Raymond was taken to Mass General on a stretcher after falling awkwardly into the boards early in the first, Vancouver was able to generate a respectable attack. 

They just couldn't do it on the power play, where the Bruins managed to possess the puck more than the Canucks did, punctuating the kill of the second penalty with an icing against Vancouver. 

Vancouver outshot Boston, 11-5, in the second frame, but it was exactly the way Boston drew it up; the Bruins are 11-4 when being outshot in the playoffs for a reason, and that's largely their ability to get an early lead and force the opposition to take bad-angle shots the rest of the way out. 

On the occasion or two that Tim Thomas needed to be, he remained strong; a couple of Vancouver odd-man rushes were pushed to the side before the puck could get close enough to the net to be dangerous and the Bruins carried their commanding advantage into the third period.