Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins will have their work cut out for them when they take on the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday night at Rogers Arena (TV/Radio:NBC/WBZ-FM).
Boston, which trails the series 1-0, held Vancouver in check for 59 minutes and 41 seconds, but a late-goal from Raffi Torres gave the Canucks a thrilling 1-0 victory in the first game of the series.
"It was just as exciting as an overtime goal," said Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who made 36 saves for a shutout. (via Sports Network)
Despite the loss, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was tremendous for the majority of the game, turning away 33 shots, yet it was the 34th that beat the Vezina Trophy candidate.
"It's obviously a nice goal by them," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "They kind of took the game over in the third period and obviously found a way to win it with a late goal." (via Sports Network)
The Bruins will need to do everything in their power to avoid falling in an 0-2 series hole. While a huge setback, the Bruins have emerged the victors after trailing 0-2 in a series once already this postseason, doing so against the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round.
However, the Canucks are a clear step up from the Canadiens, and a 2-0 lead for Vancouver may be insurmountable.
The Canucks will be down at least one defender in Dan Hamhuis, who injured himself during a check in Game 1. Vancouver will most likely be without the services of Manny Malhotra, who was hit in the eye with a puck and has not played since March 16.
Vancouver is 8-3 in games player at Rogers Arena in the 2011 playoffs, while Boston sits at 5-4 in road contests this postseason. This is the first time the Bruins and Canucks have ever met in a postseason series.