Tim Thomas is standing on his head for the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Vancouver Canucks pelt him with shots to no avail. Thomas has made 32 saves midway through the third period, including numerous difficult stops to keep the Canucks off the board. Luckily for Vancouver, Roberto Luongo is up to the task, as well, and has stopped 36 shots to keep the Bruins off the board.
Despite the scoreless tie through the first 50 minutes, the Canucks and Bruins are playing a wildly entertaining game to open the Stanley Cup Finals. Game 1 has been a fine advertisement for the NHL and is just another one of the reasons playoff hockey is one of the greatest events in sport. Both teams are going at it and the action has been back-and-forth, despite the zeroes on the board.
The game has been chippy, with 14 penalty minutes for each side, including a flurry of penalties in the first period. Alex Burrows got hungry and took a bite out of Patrice Bergeron's finger -- the biggest incident in the game so far. However, the penalties were getting a bit ridiculous, but play has calmed as both sides batten down the hatches in the third period.
With just two minutes to go, the Canucks and Bruins are still tied, 0-0.