Game 2 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals gets underway on Saturday evening as the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face-off at Rogers Arena. The Canucks took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night after breaking a scoreless tie with just 18.5 seconds remaining in the third period as Raffi Torres found the back of the net, wiping away the clean sheet Tim Thomas had kept throughout the game.
The goaltender play was outstanding all night as Thomas and his Vancouver counterpart, Roberto Luongo, both stood on their heads and served as brick walls all game long. With offense at a premium, it took two superb passes from Ryan Kesler and Jannik Hansen to setup Torres for a tap-in to give the Canucks a 1-0 advantage in the race for the Stanley Cup.
Game time: The NHL is going for consistency with the Stanley Cup Finals and Game 2 will start at the same time Game 1 did: 5 p.m. PDT.
TV coverage: There was a bit of last-minute panic and confusion in Seattle on Wednesday ahead of Game 1 as viewers struggled to find the broadcast on KONG, not KING. This time around, though, KING5 will carry the NBC feed of the game, with CBUT carrying the Canadian version. Both are quality and both are available here in Seattle. Check your local listings.
Game previews: Nucks Misconduct does an excellent job previewing Game 2, just as they did for Game 1. You can find Vancouver fans counting down the minutes here and can read more about the chippy nature of the series thus far -- including the Alex Burrows biting incident -- here. Over at SB Nation, there are two pieces on the series to pass along. The first comes from Travis Hughes and serves as a preview of Game 2 and a look back at Wednesday's matchup. Kevin McCauley also examined Ryan Kesler, calling him a hockey snob favorite.