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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Final G1: Vancouver 1, Boston 0

Bruins lose Game 1 on a Raffi Torres goal with just 19 seconds left in regulation to break a scoreless deadlock.

Ryan Kesler made a sensational play at the Boston blue line to get the puck into the zone while Johnny Boychuk's execution was less than stellar.

Roberto Luongo made 36 saves for a perfect evening, and was especially good early on when the Bruins had a four-minute PP and later a 5-on-3.

Tim Thomas was at times unconsciously good and gave his team a chance to win this one, but you have a zero percent chance of getting a victory if you score no goals. Skaters couldn't get it done tonight. The power play continues to be this team's Achilles Heel and special teams will be their undoing if they give Vancouver as many power play chances as the B's did tonight.

Bruins will have to reload for a critical Game 2. Canucks could be without Dan Hamhuis who appeared to have injured his knee in the second period when he went low on Milan Lucic, and Alex Burrows, who bit Patrice Bergeron's finger during a scrum late in the 1st. The bite was obvious and should carry a one- or two-game suspension. Dumb, selfish move on Burrows's part.

Thomas has to do it all over againSaturday, though.

Nobody ever said winning the Stanley Cup was easy.

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