05 June 2011

Have the Vancouver Canucks Sealed Up the Stanley Cup?

A magnificent performance from Alex Burrows, a couple nights after biting Patrice Bergeron, led the Canucks to a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 2 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. And with that victory by Vancouver, they took a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins. And as the series heads back to Boston for Game 3, can the Bruins make this a series? Or is Lord Stanley's Cup headed to Terminal City?
The first two games of this year's Cup Finals have been remarkably exciting as winning goals were scored with 18.5 seconds left in regulation and in overtime. These games have been full of excitement but also of frustration by the Bruins as their mistakes and their late-game fatigue has really hurt. When you watch both game-winning goals, you can count numerous errors committed by Boston. But what is most apparent is that Boston cannot match Vancouver's speed late in games. There is no excuse for a goal to come as quickly after a faceoff as Burrows' in Game 2 and something has to be done by Clause Julien to fix it. Because now the Bruins know that the Canucks will capitalize on their mistakes, they have more pressure to not make mistakes. And when the pressure is ramped up, either you play too conservatively or you end up making more mistakes.
I do not think this series will end in a sweep but I do think it will take major changes for Boston to come back out of the hole they have dug. It can happen, but I seriously doubt it.

1 comment:

  1. I like the post, but for future reference you cannot say that "you can COUNT COUNTLESS ERRORS committed by Boston". I agree with your assessment however.