Canucks win Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

Raffi Torres scored the game-winning goal to win Game 1.

For 2 and more than 19/20 of the third period, Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas stopped everyone attempting to get the puck past them. And with 18.5 seconds remaining in the third period, the Canucks broke the tie and won the first game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals 1-0. Raffi Torres scored on an assist from Jannik Hansen and finally slipped the puck past Thomas, and madness ensued at Rogers Arena in hockey-mad Vancouver. On their last chance before overtime, Torres continued the Canucks’ dream run and now they are only 3 games away from the first Stanley Cup title in the history of the franchise, established in 1970 when the Canucks first joined the NHL. Luongo was spectacular again, further proving his critics who said he wasn’t clutch wrong. He saved all 36 shots he faced, yet another clean sheet in a fantastic postseason for him. Thomas saved 33 in a fantastic but losing effort. The two goalies traded saves most of the game, but there was excitement throughout, with a few great chances that were stopped by Luongo or Thomas, who really stole the show until Torres’ heroics in the final minute. Manny Malhotra almost played in Game 1, but was scratched beforehand. Vancouver center and penalty-killer Malhotra suffered a severe and career-threatening eye injury when a wayward puck hit him off of a deflection on March 16th. Game 2 is Saturday in Vancouver at 8 PM Eastern Time.

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