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Alex Burrows admits Canucks' 2011 Stanley Cup loss to Bruins 'still stings'

Alex Burrows admits Canucks' 2011 Stanley Cup loss to Bruins 'still stings'

Alex Burrows quickly became a villain for Boston Bruins fans during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

The Vancouver Canucks forward allegedly bit Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of the series and wasn't suspended. Burrows caused the Bruins even more pain in Game 2 when he scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Canucks a 2-0 series lead heading to Boston.

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The Bruins won the next two games at home and ultimately the Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory in Game 7 back in Vancouver. It was Boston's first championship in 39 years.

The Canucks are still searching for their first Stanley Cup title, and even though almost a decade has passed since that heartbreaking defeat, Burrows admits some of the pain still exists.

“I’ve kind of got over it now, but it still stings, that’s for sure,” Burrows recently told Ben Kuzma of The Province. “Boston was a good team. They played well and played us tough and hard and found a way. For us, starting better on the road in Game 4 and Game 6 — being better out of the gate and getting early leads — and maybe that crowd turns on them and it changes the story."

Burrows makes a good point about Game 4 and Game 6. The Canucks were brutal in those losses in Boston. Vancouver led the series 3-2 and had a chance to win the Stanley Cup with a Game 6 win at TD Garden. The Canucks should've gone ahead 36 seconds into the first period when Henrik Sedin had an open net off a set play used to score the only goal in Game 5, but the puck bounced over his stick in a stroke of bad luck. Bruins forward Brad Marchand opened the scoring five minutes later and everything went downhill for the Canucks from there. Boston went into the first intermission leading 3-0 and won 5-2 to force a decisive matchup in Vancouver.

Game 7 wasn't even a contest. The Bruins opened the scoring with a Patrice Bergeron goal in the first period and cruised to a shutout win. The Canucks were beaten physically and mentally at that point in the series, and it didn't help Vancouver that Bruins goalie and eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas was playing at a level rarely seen in Cup Final history.

Burrows also went into detail on what he did after the Game 7 defeat.

“A lot of guys were crying and I didn’t spend much time at the rink — I just got out of there and left pretty quick,” Burrows told Kuzma. “I didn’t live far from the rink and everything was blocked. I had to take the Cambie Bridge and then come back into the city through Granville and then got home to see my family, but nobody was there. I just went to my bedroom and cried and cried and cried until everybody showed up. Some guys went for a bite at the Opus Hotel, but I was so crushed I didn’t want to see anyone. I just dealt with my grief. I was just devastated.”

Burrows disappeared after scoring his Game 2 winner. He didn't tally a single point over the final five games of the series. He retired after the 2017-18 season without a Stanley Cup ring.

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Bruins-Canucks Talking Points: Tyler Toffoli shows B's what they missed out on

Bruins-Canucks Talking Points: Tyler Toffoli shows B's what they missed out on

GOLD STAR: There were plenty of strong candidates for the Canucks in their blowout win, but give the credit to Tyler Toffoli for scoring a pair of goals in his second game for Vancouver since coming over in the trade with the LA Kings.

Toffoli is already making an impact with points in each of his two games for the Canucks while injuries are impacting their roster, but he was especially strong on Sunday with the two goals, three points and a plus-3 rating in 14:50 of ice time.

Beyond that, he matched Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat for the team-high with five shots on net as well while showing the Bruins what they missed out on by peeling back on the Toffoli trade talks. He was an impact player for the Canucks while Ondrej Kase continues to be on the sidelines hurt and not ready to play quite yet for the B’s.  

BLACK EYE: No shots on net and a minus-4 rating for Danton Heinen on a disastrously bad night for Boston’s second line. Heinen and David Krejci both tied for the team-worst with the minus-4 ratings and there was zero offensive push from Krejci, Heinen and Jake DeBrusk while an incredibly hungry, rested Vancouver team was waiting for them.

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The problem now for guys like Heinen is that their days with the Bruins are numbered now that Ondrej Kase is coming into the fold with a mandate to take opportunities away from them. It might even be that Heinen gets dealt given the surplus of middle-6 forwards on this Bruins roster right now. Heinen made a compelling case to not be a guy that sticks around in the loss to Vancouver.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were only losing 2-1 after the first period of play and things didn’t seem so bad for them at that point. But the weight of playing five back-to-back games this month finally left some collateral damage with the B’s when they fell apart in the final 40 minutes of the game.

Sloppy puck possession and good old-fashioned lack of execution led to three more goals being scored by Vancouver in the second period despite being outshot by a 12-8 margin and the rout was one once it was a 5-1 deficit for the Black and Gold. Truthfully, the Bruins never felt like they were in this game at all and they proved it with the way they played in the last couple of periods against the Canucks in humbling, embarrassing defeat.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak scored a pair of goals to push the Bruins sniper to 45 goals on the season. Pastrnak continues to lead the NHL in goals scored and is now pushing toward 50 goals scored on the season with just five remaining until he reaches a historic plateau that hasn’t been done in the Bruins uniform since Bruins President Cam Neely did it himself during his prime years in Black and Gold.

Pastrnak finished with the two goals scored and six shot attempts for the Bruins, but even he finished a minus-2 rating while just about every forward line didn’t get it done on multiple levels for the Bruins.

BY THE NUMBERS: 20 – the number of years since the Canucks had a player with a Gordie Howe hat trick prior to Bo Horvat getting it done for Vancouver in Sunday’s win.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Tonight clearly we were not the better team. We didn’t deserve to win. We didn’t do what was required to win and we didn’t have much luck our way either. I think we’ve got the full value for a majority of the wins we’ve had coming out of the break, but tonight they were the better and hungrier team. - Bruce Cassidy, on the NESN postgame about the 9-3 loss to the Canucks in Vancouver.

WATCH: Bruins' David Pastrnak scores filthy breakaway goal vs. Canucks

WATCH: Bruins' David Pastrnak scores filthy breakaway goal vs. Canucks

David Pastrnak just continues to amaze.

In the first period of Saturday night's game vs. the Vancouver Canucks, Pastrnak got the Boston Bruins on the board with an absolute beauty of a goal.

Matt Grzelcyk fed Pastrnak a perfect stretch pass, and the league's leading goal scorer did the rest.

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That marked Pastrnak's 44th goal of the season, giving him the NHL lead over Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews (43).