Bruins At Canucks Game 2 Preview: Time Moving Slow, The Minutes Seem Like Hours

BRUINS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Sat. 5:00 PM PST
TV CBC, NBC, RDS
 Series 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
1-0 Canucks
The Enemy Stanley Cup Of Chowder, Days Of Y'Orr Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 2-19-21 Krejci: 10-7-17
Bruins
Category Canucks
Lost 1
Streak Won 3
5-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
8-3
+12
Goals For / Against +/- +5
3.05 (6)
Goals Per Game 2.68 (9)
2.42 (2)
Goals Against Per Game 2.42 (2)
1.68 (1)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.11 (5)
7.5 (14)
Power Play %
25.8 (3)
81.2 (8)
Penalty Kill %
82.0 (6)
32.1 (6)
Shots Per Game 31.4 (7)
33.6 (12)
 Shots Against Per Game 31.8 (9)
88.9 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 81.8 (3)
6-2
Record When Leading After 1 5-2
3-4
Record When Trailing After 1 3-2
6-0
Record When Leading After 2 8-1
476 (3)
Hits 626 (1)
281 (3)
Blocked Shots
273 (4)
52.5 (3)
Faceoffs % 50.0 (6)
12.1 (9)
PIM's Per Game Average
15.1 (12)
NHL.com

I really didn't know what to expect in Game 1 beyond the goalie battle that came to fruition.

What surprised me: The massive amounts of penalties, the lack of discipline by the players, and both teams going "oafer" on the man advantage. What also surprised me was the amount of hostility that happened so early between the 2 teams. This is going to be an awesome series. So much for the Canucks turning the other cheek though, hey?

What I hated: A lack of 5 on 5 play. No flow to the game. Burrows biting Bergeron (stick to playing hockey, Burr...geez!). Hamhuis smokes Lucic and hurts himself. Krejci gives Dan the crosscheck while the Hammer is going down in pain. I hated the Canucks' inability to penetrate the Bruins box on the power play. TWSS.

What I liked: Luongo. The late goal by Torres. The Bruins' repeated PP failures (they look absolutely mind-f****d when up a man). Chara screening Lou is a joke. The Canucks' physicality was great. Aaron Rome was solid as was the rest of the D in general. I thought the Bruins collapsed well in front of Thomas, which was a factor of mine heading into this series: one shot gets through and there's 3 guys there to clear the rebound because Timmy gives up a lot of them. As was mentioned, in the Bruins - Lightning series the team that won in the faceoff department won every game. Well the Bruins were better than us in that area in Game 1 and still lost.

What I expect in Game 2: Much of the same. The Bruins are going to sit back like fiends and wait for the Canucks to turn it over again..mostly. I expect the rough stuff to continue and a lot of penalties as a result. I expect another low-scoring close game. I also expect Chara to be put back on the point and for that to make a huge positive difference for the Bruins. Also: loved the play of Mason Raymond in Game 1. Is he about to cash in?

Thank you sweet god that there are no more 2 day breaks between the next few of games. YEESH.

LINKS / NEWS

-Yankee Canuck posted every link you need to check out on Friday.

-Even though Manny Malhotra practiced with the team Friday, including PK drills, Alain Vigneault still lists him as day-to-day. Sure we could use Manny in the faceoff circle but I have to tip my hat again to Maxim Lapierre, who I thought looked super and pesty on that 3rd line center position. Let's just say the solid play of Lappy doesn't make me hold my breath on a Money return, or have me pining for it, except for the obvious boost it would give the Canucks.

-Canucks recall their favorite Stanley Cup moments growing up (The Vancouver Sun)

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Christopher Higgins

Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen

Jeff Tambellini-Alex Bolduc-Victor Oreskovich

BRUINS

Milan Lewcheech-David Kraychee-Nathan Hoe-tonne

Brad Marchand-Patrice "He bit me" Bergeron-Mark Recchi

Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin

Daniel "Pie, eh?" Paille-Gregory "Hi daddy!" Campbell-Rich "So They Packed Up All Their Bags And They Moved To" Peverley


STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979

Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer (except for Ed Willies)



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Roberto Luongo 19 1135 13 6 41 2.17 564 523 .927 3


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974

Profile: Flopper, show-stopper, floor mopper



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Tim Thomas 19 1184 12 7 44 2.23 637 593 .931 2


WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Roberto Luongo. Only 4 goals against in his last 3 games. LUUUUUUUUUU!!

-Henrik Sedin: 10 assists in his last 5 games.

-Daniel Sedin: 4 assists in his last 3 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 6.

-Ryan Kesler: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 games.

-Kevin Bieksa: 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5.

-Sami Salo: 2 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.

COLD

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal and no assists in his last 11.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 28. (benched)

-Victor Oreskovich: 0 points in his last 15.

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 28 games.

-Cody Hodgson: 0 points in his last 10 games with very limited ice time. (benched)

 

BRUINS

HOT

-Tim Thomas: Only 1 goal against in his last 2 games. Eiieee!!

-Nathan Horton: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

-David Krejci: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-Zdeno Chara: 1 assist in his last 9 games.

-Brad Marchand: 1 goal in his last 8.

-Mark Recchi: 1 assists in his last 10.

-Tyler Seguin: Kid exploded with 6 points in the first 2 games vs Tampa but has no points in his last 6.


INJURIES


CANUCKS

-F Mikael Samuelsson: surgery, out for playoffs.

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, day-to-day

-D Dan Hamhuis: ankle (?), day-to-day

BRUINS

-F Marc Savard: concussion, out for season

-F Trent Whitfield: achilles surgery. Sound familiar?

 

VIDEO

Game 1 Highlights:

Hammer time! (Followed by injury unfortunately):

Imma guess this guy never gets laid:

Best commercial ever?

 

The sound of jubilation in Vancouver after Raffi Torres sinks the Bruins in Game 1:

And here is Granville Street after the Game 1 win:

The title of this post is brought to you by Metallica "Ride The Lightning":

 

Hat tip to Yankee Canuck for this one:

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"The Price is Wrong, Bitch!" (nice work, @darthchilli!)

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