by Patrick Hoffman on 06/02/11 at 04:00 PM ET
That would be one way to describe last night’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.
The end result was a 1-0 win for the home team Canucks but in reality, this game could and should have been different for the Bruins if they had not squandered their opportunities on the power play.
In the first period, the Bruins were rewarded with a four minute power thanks to a Canuck high sticking penalty. While the Bruins were able to put some good rubber on Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo, none of them found the net and many were from the outside in inopportune scoring areas.
The very next period, the Bruins had a 5-on-3 advantage and were once again stymied by Luongo and the Canucks’ players in front of him. While the Bruins were able to move the puck around, they were not able to do what matters most in hockey and that is score.
Had the Bruins been able to score on these chances, Game 1 could have easily gone to the visiting team. This was a scoreless game up until the last minute of the third period and the team’s lackluster power play did them in two periods into the tilt.
Come Game 2, the Bruins better figure out a way to make their power play work or this could be a short series.
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