Once again, the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks have played down to the wire, just as they did in Game 1 of these Stanley Cup finals. Unfortunately for Boston, this one had an oddly similar result to the last one.
After losing with 18.5 seconds remaining in Game 1, courtesy of Raffi Torres, the Canucks struck just 11 seconds into overtime, this one coming courtesy of the now infamous, Alex Burrows.
Burrows you might remember gave the NHL a little taste of his hair-pulling style in Game 1, when he grabbed the visor of and bit Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron in the hand. No suspension was handed down to Burrows, thanks to that fantastic justice system.
It was a game that was bookended by Burrows goals, with his first coming on the powerplay in the opening frame of this one. Just over midway through the period, one that saw the two sides trade shots, Burrows got Vancouver on the board on the powerplay, wristing on just between Tim Thomas and the goalpost.
After four scoreless periods of play in these Finals, Milan Lucic finally potted a goal for the visiting Bruins. Just over two minutes later, the old horse Mark Recchi, with some brilliant stick play in front of the net, deflected a shot from Zdeno Chara past Roberto Luongo for the 2-1 Bruins lead.
That would hold up until midway through the third period, when Daniel Sedin scored past a bellyflopping Tim Thomas, evening things up at two.
In the OT, all you can really say is Alex Burrows. And Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas. A formula of all three, with outstanding effort on the initial shot from Burrows, and some boneheaded defending by Chara as he allowed Burrows to wrap around the net and knock in his rebound for the winner, just 11 seconds into the extra period.
But fear not Bruins fans. The way this series stands looks similar to last year's Stanley Cup finals, which also saw the Western Conference go up 2-0 after the Chicago Blackhawks defended home ice twice. The Philadelphia Flyers went on to win their next two at home, which is exactly where the Bruins are headed going into Monday's crucial Game 3.