VANCOUVER — The first Bruins Stanley Cup Final game in 21 years ended as dramatically and as disappointingly as one could imagine.
Vancouver capitalized on Johnny Boychuk’s giveaway at the blueline and Raffi Torres cashed in off of Jannik Hansen’s feed with just 18.5 seconds left in regulation for a 1-o victory in Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena tonight.
Game 2 will be Saturday at the same venue.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•Boychuk was stripped of the puck by Selke Trophy favorite Ryan Kesler, who was a monster all night. He logged 24:23 of ice time and won 13 of 22 draws, while keeping David Krejci’s line off the score sheet.
•With the goal for Vancouver tonight, Boychuk has now been on the ice for the Bruins’ last seven goals against since Game 5 against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final.
•The Bruins couldn’t complain about Tim Thomas’ play in net, as he stopped 33 of 34 shots. Roberto Luongo, however, won the duel with 36 saves.
•The Bruins’ power play an abysmal 0-for-6, dropping it to 5-for-67 in the playoffs — 7.46 percent.