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Burrows leads Canucks Past Bruins

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It was yet another close game between the Bruins and the Canucks as the two teams took the 2-2 game into OT. But just 11 seconds into the extra period, Alex Burrows skated around the goal and slammed the puck into the open net, giving Vancouver the two games to none lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

So what do the Bruins need to do to get back into the series? Was this OT goal the fastest in Cup History?

The Bruins got out of place during that initial phase of overtime. Their all-star goaltender Tim Thomas, came out too far to play the puck. Burrows was also able to successfully draw both of their defenders towards him. Burrows was then able to use his speed to skate around all three, then around the net, and was able to find the empty side of the net for the goal.

If the Bruins want to get back into this series, they need to play much better defense and ensure they are in sync covering the ice and back-checking. This OT goal hasn’t been the only time in the playoffs where the Bruins’ defense was caught off-guard. This happened against the Lightening, where the defense was caught in a change. That lead to a 2 on 1 and a crucial goal by the Lightening. Timmy Thomas must also keep up his brilliant goal-tending to continue giving his team a chance in this series.

For Burrows he has gone from the basement to the penthouse in these two games as he went from being involved in controversy with biting the finger of Bergeron to netting the game winner in OT on Saturday. He must be a positive factor for his Canucks.

The OT goal by Burrows was the second-fastest in Stanley Cup finals history. The fastest was back in 1986 when the Canadiens scored a goal 9 seconds into OT.

The Canucks and Bruins square off in game 3 from Boston on Monday.

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