Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bieksa says karma will catch up to Peverley

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Henrik Sedin (33) of the Vancouver Canucks reaches for the puck against Rich Peverley (49) of the Boston Bruins during Game 2 on Saturday in Vancouver. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Henrik Sedin (33) of the Vancouver Canucks reaches for the puck against Rich Peverley (49) of the Boston Bruins during Game 2 on Saturday in Vancouver. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
By Tim Wharnsby, CBC Sports

BOSTON -- The Vancouver Canucks were not happy about the slash from Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley on the back of Kevin Bieksa's knee in Game 2 on Saturday.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called the undetected slash a "cheap shot." Bieksa said that he believes in karma and that Peverley better watch out.

"Whether it's next year or the year after, he'll get something from somebody else," Bieksa said. "He got me on the back of the knee. Luckily, it's okay."

No doubting Thomas

After getting burned by Vancouver's Alex Burrows for the overtime winner when he faked his shot, pulled Tim Thomas out of the net and then scored on a wraparound, Boston's outstanding goalie was asked if he needed to make an adjustment to his aggressive style.

"No, I have a pretty good idea of how to play goalie," Thomas said. "I'm not going to be taking suggestions or advice at this time. I'm just going to keep playing the way I have."

Thomas broke Dominik Hasek's 12-year save percentage record of .937 with a .938 mark this season and leads in that category in the playoffs of goalies who have made more than seven appearances with a .930 save percentage.

Fast and furious
When Burrows scored his game-winning goal 11 seconds into overtime, he recorded the second-fastest goal in extra time in Stanley Cup playoff history. The only quicker overtime was nine seconds, when Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Skrudland scored in Game 2 of the 1986 Stanley Cup Final in Calgary against the Flames.

Here are the five fastest overtime goals in playoff history:

May 18, 1986 - 9 seconds, Brian Skrudland, Montreal 3-2 at Calgary

June 4, 2011 -  11 seconds, Alex Burrows, Vancouver 3-2 Boston

Apr. 11, 1975 - 11 seconds, J.P. Parise, N.Y. Islanders 4-3 at N.Y. Rangers

Apr. 9, 1972 -  12 seconds, Pit Martin, Chicago 6-5 at Pittsburgh

Apr. 16, 2009 -  12 seconds, Martin Havlat, Chicago 3-2 Calgary

2-0 and looking good

By taking the first two games at home, the Canucks have history on their side. The record for home clubs sweeping Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is 32-2. The comebacks occurred, in 1971, when the Chicago Blackhawks won the first two games at home, but lost to Montreal in seven games, and in 2009, the Detroit Red Wings won the first two games but lost the final in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Odds and ends

The Bruins have a 7-3 record at TD Garden in this year's playoffs, while the Canucks have gone a solid 5-3 on the road this spring ... Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final was the 22nd match of this year's playoffs that was decided in overtime. The only playoffs that have seen more overtime games were in 1993 (28) and 2001 (26) .... The Canucks come-from-behind win on Saturday marked the first time the Bruins lost when leading after two periods in the playoffs. They were 6-0 in the playoffs after going 30-2-2 when leading after 40 minutes in the regular season.