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Highlights of the night

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks took a 2-0 series lead with a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins Saturday night.  In less than 500 words, here are the game's top moments:

 

Save of the Game:  Tim Thomas continued to leave Canucks forwards shaking their head in Game 2, this time robbing Jannik Hansen of a sure goal. Ryan Kesler, and Hansen broke out 2-on-1, with Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid the lone man back – Kesler got the pass through to Hansen, but Thomas did an excellent job sliding across with his right pad to make the save.

 

Shift of the Game: With their power play struggling (0-for-7), the Bruins decided to move Zdeno Chara back to the point on their second man advantage of the game. Claude Julien's move paid off as Chara's point shot was re-directed by Mark Recchi and past Roberto Luongo for the Bruins' first lead of the series at 11:35 of the second.

 

Stat of the Game: Some may have questioned the animosity these two teams had toward one another, but after the Alexandre Burrows alleged biting incident in Game 1 the physical tone picked dramatically in Game 2 as the two teams combined for 71 hits through three periods.

 

Star of the Game: Alex Burrows had a pair of goals, including the game winner, giving the Vancouver Canucks a 2-0 series lead.

 

Best Moment of Game: After a week of speculating "will he or won't he," injured Canucks center Manny Malhotra returned to the lineup Saturday much to the delight of the 18,860 at Rogers Arena who gave Malhotra multiple standing ovations, including when he came out for his shift. Malhotra won a draw against Bruins center Chris Kelly. Malhotra centered a line of Victor Oreskovich and Jeff Tambellini, the shift lasted 28 seconds.  Saturday night marked Malhotra's first game back after a severe eye injury suffered on March 16.

 

What's Next: The teams will now board cross-continent charter flights Sunday morning bound for Boston's Logan International Airport.  Game 3 will be played Monday night, while the puck will drop for Game 4 on Wednesday.