Canucks capitalize on late odd-man rush

Raffi Torres

TorresVancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres scored with 18.5 seconds remaining in the third period to give his team a 1-0 lead over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the latest regulation goal in a 1-0 final score in Stanley Cup Final history.

The goal was set up by a 2-on-1 opportunity, the Canucks' fifth odd-man opportunity of the game -- and they recorded a shot on each attempt. The Bruins had only one odd-man opportunity the entire game and didn’t even get a shot off.

Torres also got down low, where the Canucks were unable to get pressure early on. In the first two periods, Vancouver had eight shots on goal from below the faceoff circles.

In the third period, seven of the Canucks’ 14 shots on goal came from below the circles, including Torres' game-winner.

The Bruins struggled again on the power play, going 0-for-6 in Game 1, including a 5-on-3 and a four-minute power play that came up empty. They may have found their difference maker going forward.

Zdeno Chara spent 1:30 in front of the Canucks net during the Bruins’ four-minute power play in the first period. With Chara in front, Boston put five shots on goal, and Chara deflected an additional two attempts which missed the net.

On Boston’s final four power plays of the game, Chara spent just five seconds in front of the goal, and Boston totaled just four shots.

The double minor was the Bruins' best power play of the night; they kept the puck in the offensive zone for 74.2 percent of the advantage, but just 56.3 percent of their power-play time the rest of the way out.

Roberto Luongo stopped all 36 shots for his third shutout of this postseason (fourth of his career), the most saves he's ever made in a postseason shutout. Elias tells us that Luongo is the sixth goaltender in NHL history to post a shutout in his Stanley Cup Final debut.

Also from Elias: since the NHL was formed in 1917, the only opening game of a Stanley Cup Final series to remain goalless longer than this year’s opener (59:41) was Game 1 between the Bruins and the original Ottawa Senators in 1927, which ended in a 0–0 tie after 60 minutes of regulation time and a 20-minute overtime period.