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Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game Two: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Look To Bite Back And Even Series

Patrice Bergeron has heard enough about the incident at the end of the first period of game one with Alexandre Burrows.

"You know what, I'm over it.  To be honest with you, I'm looking forward for next game.  We have to get back in the series," the Bruins' center said when asked about the incident on Thursday, the first of two days off between games one and two. 

"Yeah, obviously we want to get back in this series. It's very important," he said on Friday. 

His team mirrors his enthusiasm and focus, at least to hear them say it. The Bruins, who are 4-1 in games following a loss this postseason, will have their work cut out for them, however. And they know it. 

Vancouver's likely to be without Dan Hamhuis, who left game one in the second period with what appeared to be a lower-body injury and didn't return. But they may get back center Manny Malhotra, who's missed the playoffs while recovering from eye surgery. 

It's unlikely that either the Bruins or Canucks will receive the level of goaltending which they got in game one; of 70 shots on goal in that game, only one puck - Raffi Torres' tally with 18.5 seconds to play in regulation - found the back of the net. 

That means that both the Bruins and Canucks will need more from their defenses, both of which were suspect in game one. If they don't get it, they'll again look to Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo to handle business. 

Don't be surprised to see Claude Julien mix his forward lines up a little bit if the Bruins struggle to generate offensive chances in the first period - the Mark Recchi - Bergeron - Brad Marchand line and the Michael Ryder - Chris Kelly - Tyler Seguin lines each had chances in the series opener, but weren't able to do much with them. 

The key to Boston's success will be their special teams play. If the referees are filling up penalty boxes like they did in game one, the Bruins will need to convert their man-advantage chances and continue to shut down the dominating Vancouver power play. Boston had some success with Zdeno Chara in front of Luongo on the power play in game one, but they're likely to benefit more from his presence back on the point, especially since the Canucks are likely to leave him alone in front of the net.