Torres Scores! Canucks win Game 1
Ohhh baby. If Game 1 is any indication of how the Stanley Cup Final is going to happen, this will be an amazing series. There was everything in game 1; big hits, scoring chances, superb goaltending, and a last minute hero, as the Vancouver Canucks scored late, very late, to best the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
For a scoreless game early, it sure was exciting. The Bruins outshot the Canucks 17-12 with neither team tickling the twine. There were a plethora of penalties, with the Canucks taking 4 (including 2 double minors) and the Bruins taking three. The Bruins had ample opportunity to score some goals in that penalty filled first period, but their abysmal powerplay continued it`s horrid play, and the Bruins skated away with nothing. Their penalty killing, however, was brilliant.
The Second period was much more tightly played, with the Bruins outshooting the Canucks 9-8. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was phenomenal, stopping several sure Canuck goals.
On the other side of the ice, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was equally brilliant, stopping several good scoring chances from the boys from bean town.
In the third, the Canucks outshot the Bruins 14 to 10, and would have had 15 if Alex Edler and Mason Raymond hadn`t both hit posts.
However, Raffi Torres didn`t hit the post; instead, he took a perfect feed from Jannik Hansen and redirected the puck past a flailing Thomas to score his third of the playoffs, with only eighteen seconds remaining.
The teams will now get two days off and resume play on Saturday. Dan Hamhuis may not play, as he is listed day to day, as is the case with Manny Malhotra, who did not play today.
Stay tuned, kiddos. It`s going to be one hell of a ride.