Burrows pounces in OT as Canucks go 2-0 up

Sun Jun 5, 2011 11:25am EDT
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By Steve Keating

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Alexandre Burrows struck 11 seconds into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, moving them into a 2-0 series lead and halfway to their first Stanley Cup.

The best-of-seven NHL final series now shifts to Boston for games three and four on Monday and Wednesday with the Bruins needing a win at home to avoid a sweep.

Burrows settled the outcome of game two, swooping around behind the Boston goal and slipping the puck past Boston goaltender Tim Thomas into the gaping net for his second of the night sparking wild celebrations across the city.

"Going into overtime you know anything can happen," Burrows told reporters. "He (Thomas) likes to challenge.

"I knew if I shot it he would stop it. Luckily I was able to get it in on the wrap-around."

The warmest day of the year in Vancouver had brought out Canucks fans young and old, thousands pouring into the downtown core of the Pacific coast city packing bars and public squares for a night of partying reminiscent of last year's 2010 Winter Olympics.

Already riding a wave of momentum from a game one win and swelled by the raucous towel waving crowd, the Canucks received another boost before the opening faceoff when fan favorite Manny Malhotra returned to the ice for the first time since sustaining what was thought to be a career ending eye injury.

Wearing a full-face shield to protect that eye that was smashed by a deflected puck on March 16, Malhotra made a dramatic entrance stepping out of the dark hallways onto the ice to an explosion of flashes and thundering chants of "Manny, Manny."   Continued...

<p>A pair of Boston Bruins fans sit alone after their team was defeated in overtime by the Vancouver Canucks during Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff game in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 4, 2011. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>