The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final by a score of 1-0 on Wednesday night. It was an extremely physical game one, and it was a game that showed little discipline by both teams.
It took nearly three periods for someone to break through on the score sheet. Nearly. Raffi Torres scored for the Canucks with 18.5 seconds remaining in the 3rd period to give them the Game 1 victory. The play started when Ryan Kesler stole the puck(and looked to be offside) and fed it to Jannik Hansen, who made a pretty pass to Torres for the goal.
Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo were both brilliant in net. Thomas, in particular, made several dazzling saves to keep Boston in the game. However, it ultimately wasn't enough.
Vancouver now leads the series 1-0. Both teams have several adjustments to make before Game 2 on Saturday night. Former Pred Dan Hamhuis left the ice and did not return after he delivered a great hip-check to Milan Lucic.
I picked Vancouver to win this series in five games, and I stand by that. The Canucks are just destined to win this year, and they are the best team.
Prediction for Game 2: Vancouver wins 4-1.