Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

One mistake costs Bruins

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Raffi Torres (13) of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal late in the third period against Tim Thomas (30) of the Boston Bruins during Game 1 on Wednesday in Vancouver. (Harry How/Getty Images) Raffi Torres (13) of the Vancouver Canucks scores a goal late in the third period against Tim Thomas (30) of the Boston Bruins during Game 1 on Wednesday in Vancouver. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Prior to Raffi Torres's game-winning goal, Kevin Bieksa had started the breakout with a long-distance bank off the boards. Johnny Boychuk saw the pass, stepped up, and tried to pick it off.

But Ryan Kesler beat Boychuk to the puck to start the two-on-one rush. With Boychuk caught up ice, Zdeno Chara had to fend off the odd-man rush. Chara went down to try and stop Jannik Hansen's cross-ice dish to Torres. But Chara couldn't block the pass, and Tim Thomas couldn't get over to turn back Torres.

"I saw [Hansen] skating down the slot, and he got himself into a position where I was starting to respect the shot," Thomas said. "I was starting to cut down the angle. He was able to pass it over to the guy cutting to the net. I didn't even know he was there."

Power outage

The Bruins went 0 for 6 on the power play, continuing a theme that has resonated throughout the playoffs. They entered Game 1 scuffling at an 8.2 percent clip. The Bruins had two glittering chances to score on the man-advantage.

In the first period, Daniel Sedin was nailed for a high-sticking double minor when he got his blade in Chara's face. With Chara serving as a net-front presence, the Bruins landed eight shots on Roberto Luongo during the four-minute power play. Despite their good looks and sharp puck movement, the Bruins couldn't break through on Luongo.

But as decent as the power play looked in the first, it was flat in the second during a five-on-three situation. With Chara moved back to the point, the Bruins couldn't solve Luongo and the Vancouver PK.

"I think our power play was better tonight than it had been in a while," Claude Julien said. "We spent a lot of time, had some shots, had some opportunities, had some chances. We didn't score, and obviously when your power play isn't doing well, people are going to criticize it because it didn't score. But I think the same thing happened on the other side. As long as we're able to stay on even terms with them when it comes to special teams, we're OK with that."

Bite night in Vancouver

At the end of the first period, mild-mannered Patrice Bergeron tangled for a long time with Alexandre Burrows. TV replay showed why Bergeron, among the meeker players in the league, was so hot at Burrows. During an end-of-period scrum, Burrows had given Bergeron's right index finger a good chomp through the glove.

"He bit me," Bergeron said of matter-of-factly after the game.

During the pileup around the Boston net, Bergeron had been trying to give Burrows a face wash. Burrows responded by biting Bergeron's finger. After the linesmen broke up the tangle, Bergeron took off his glove and showed his finger to referees Dan O'Rourke and Stephen Walkom. Burrows was tagged with a roughing double minor. Bergeron was given a single roughing minor.

After the game, there was no immediate word on whether Burrows would face supplemental discipline. Last year during the Eastern Conference semifinals, Philadelphia's Dan Carcillo accused Marc Savard of biting his finger. Savard was not disciplined.

"I haven't seen it, to be honest with you," Julien said after the game. "I don't think I've had time to look at that stuff right now. I'm going by what Patrice told me. Obviously there was something that happened. I guess I'll save my comments for after I see it. If that's the case, then that's a classless move and not something players should be doing at this level."

Burrows has a history of agitating. The Canucks have praised Burrows for toning his on-ice antics down this season.