Well game 1 is in the books and the Canucks take a 1-0 series lead thanks to the shutout by Roberto Luongo and a goal by Raffi Torres with 18 seconds left in the game. This was a dagger through the heart of the Bruins players and their fans. In game 2, the Bruins need their top line to produce or this could be another shutout for Luongo. The Bruins need to change up their power play again. I think it’s time to give Tyler Seguin a chance. He’s a power play specialist with a great set of hands and release; along with his vision of the ice, it could only help considering it can’t get any worse than it is right now. Also, Chara is better suited at the point where he can use his 105mph shot and hopefully create some rebounds. If the Bruins can’t get their power play going I can’t see them winning the Cup.
Now for the Canucks, they have to stick to their game plan and come out with the same energy and put as many pucks on Thomas as possible - hoping he cannot repeat his brilliant performance in Game 1. Most of all, the Canucks have to use their speed to their advantage and not let the Bruins take over the physical aspect of the game. This is a MUST win for the Bruins, I wouldn’t say it’s “do or die’, but if they go down 2-0 in the series, the chances of them winning the Cup are slim. Historically this is true; when the home team wins the first two games, roughly 80% of the time they go on to win the Cup. Let’s hope the Refs let the players battle it out. When talking with Fans on my nightly show on Twitter (@nhlfanchat), they don’t want to see another game with 12 penalties - they want to see more 5 on 5 hockey and I totally agree with them.
Good Luck to the Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and their Fans for Game 2.