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NHL Stanley Cup Finals

Season 58 Episode 1

Game 1 - Boston at Vancouver (2011)

Aired Saturday 7:00 PM Jun 01, 2011 on CBC
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Game 1 - Boston at Vancouver (2011)

Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Final Score: Boston 0 Vancouver 1
Vancouver leads series 1-0

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  • As a born and raised Vancouverite, I loved this game!

    While this game will certainly not go down in Finals history as an instant classic, it was close, exciting and it took a lovely three way passing play to get a goal past Tim Thomas. I was surprised at what a good job Boston was able to in shutting down the Canucks. Vancouver had the NHL's best offense and power play this season and despite getting 34 shots, the game was not littered with glorious scoring changes for either team.

    Both goalies were very good when they had to be and were worthy of the first two stars, but the game lacked a certain something that both semi-finals did not. I can understand because it's the Finals and neither of these tams have been there in a long, long time.

    There was more nastiness that one would have liked and the Burrows bite was classless. While I'm a big Canucks fan, I do hope he gets suspended for one game. That's just uncalled for under any circumstances.

    Vancouver is the better team and should win, but who knows. Tim Thomas is capable of stealing a game or two and Boston does have enough weapons to score as they were in the top 10 in league scoring during the regular season. They are, however, going to have to get their power play going. I mean, EIGHT percent??? That's historically horrible and Vancouver is a very good 5-on-5 team so they can't expect to dominate there as they have in previous series.

    I'm sure Game 2 will be better with both teams having gotten any Finals jitters out of their systems.moreless
Jim Hughson

Jim Hughson

Play-by-Play Announcer

Craig Simpson

Craig Simpson

Color Commentator

Glenn Healy

Glenn Healy

Ice Level Color Commentator

Elliotte Friedman

Elliotte Friedman

Ice Level Reporter

Scott Oake

Scott Oake

Ice Level Reporter

Don Cherry

Don Cherry

Coach's Corner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Final Score
      Boston 0 Vancouver 1
      Vancouver leads series 1-0

    • Path to the Finals
      Boston Bruins
      Conference Quarter Finals: defeated Montreal Canadiens 4-3 (0-2, 1-3, 4-2, 5-4 (OT), 2-1 (2 OT), 1-2, 4-3 (OT))
      Conference Semi Finals: defeated Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 (7-3, 3-2 (OT), 5-1, 5-1)
      Conference Finals: defeated Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 (2-5, 6-5, 2-0, 3-5, 3-1, 4-5, 1-0)
      Vancouver Canucks
      Conference Quarter Finals: defeated Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 (2-0, 4-3, 3-2, 2-7, 0-5, 3-4 (OT), 2-1 (OT))
      Conference Semi Finals: defeated Nashville Predators 4-2 (1-0, 1-2 (2 OT), 3-2 (OT), 4-2, 3-4, 2-1)
      Conference Finals: defeated San Jose Sharks 4-1 (3-2, 7-3, 3-4, 4-2, 3-2 (2 OT))

    • This is the Boston Bruins' first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1990. Their last Cup victory came in 1972.

      This is the Vancouver Canucks' first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1994. They have never won the Cup in 39 previous seasons.

    • Game 1 Finals winners have gone on to win the series 77% of the time (55 for 71) since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format in 1939.

    • Vancouver defenseman Dam Hamhuis left the game at the 4:00 mark of the second period after hip checking Milan Lucic and did not return.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Boston Coach Claude Julien: It's a nice goal by them. I thought for the first two periods we played a pretty even game. In the third, we just seemed to lack some energy and lost our legs. They just seemed to come at us pretty hard. They kind of took the game over in the third period and obviously found a way to win it with a late goal

    • Vancouver Goaltender Roberto Luongo: I thought we were going to play all night the way it was going. It was an exciting way to start the series. It was such a close game. It could have gone either way, a flip of the coin.

    • (on Rafi Torres)
      Vancouver Coach Alain Vigneault: We brought him in because he was an emotional, physical player. He's had nothing but a great attitude and a great work ethic with us all year long. He comes to play, prepares himself real well. We need him to play the way he does. You know, he's a little bit sometimes outside the box, but you've got to let him be who he is.

  • NOTES (3)

    • During the first intermission, Ron McLean and Don Cherry interviewed Mark Chipman, Chairman of True North Sports and Entertainment Limited. Chipman's team announced the day before the game that they had purchased the Atlanta Thrashers franchise and that the team will be moving to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season. The move has been front page news across Canada as Winnipeg gets an NHL franchise for the first time since the Jets moved to Phoenix and became the Coyotes after the 1995-96 season.

    • Lineups
      Boston Bruins
      Patrice Bergeron C
      Johnny Boychuk D
      Gregory Campbell C
      Zdeno Chara D (Team Captain)
      Andrew Ference D
      Nathan Horton RW
      Tomas Kaberle D
      Chris Kelly C
      David Krejci C
      Milan Lucic LW
      Brad Marchand C
      Adam McQuaid D
      Daniel Paille LW
      Rich Peverley C
      Tuukka Rask G
      Mark Recchi RW
      Michael Ryder RW
      Tyler Seguin C
      Dennis Seidenberg D
      Tim Thomas G
      Vancouver Canucks
      Kevin Bieksa D
      Alexandre Bolduc C
      Alexandre Burrows LW
      Alexander Edler D
      Christian Ehrhoff D
      Dan Hamhuis D
      Jannik Hansen RW
      Chris Higgins LW
      Ryan Kesler C
      Maxim Lapierre C
      Roberto Luongo G
      Victor Oreskovich RW
      Mason Raymond RW
      Aaron Rome D
      Sami Salo D
      Daniel Sedin LW
      Henrik Sedin C (Team Captain)
      Cory Schneider G
      Jeff Tambellini LW
      Rafi Torres LW

    • Head Coaches:
      Boston: Claude Julien
      Vancouver: Alain Vigneault