After almost three complete periods of scoreless hockey, the Stanley Cup betting odds favored Vancouver Canucks put in the winning goal with 18.5 seconds left in regulation. In a goalie dual with Luongo stopping 36 and Thomas 33, the game last night was the first 0-0 Stanley Cup game #1 after two periods since 1984 and became the longest scoreless stretch in NHL Playoff history beating the 19:38 record set in 1945. This marked the eighth consecutive game #1 win in the NHL playoffs by the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks opened up as a -155 favorite at home but were bet all the way up to -195 by the time the puck was dropped. Going into the Finals, Vancouver was the betting favorite to win the series at -235, but after winning 1-0 on Wednesday is now sitting at -325 to hoist the Stanley Cup (a bettor must wager $325.00 on Vancouver to win the series to profit $100.00).
If we look at the historical aspects of this series, when down 0-1 in a best of seven the Boston Bruins have a 12-32 lifetime record and are 0-9 in the Stanley Cup Finals. In the history of the NHL playoffs a team going up 1-0 is 383-178 (68%) lifetime and 55-16 in the Finals (77%). Even though the Boston Bruins played a near perfect game, if they hope to buck history and win the series they must figure out a way to get their power play back on track. At one point in game #1 the Bruins had a 5 to 3 advantage on the ice but now sit at 5 for 61 on power play chances in the 2011 NHL Playoffs. Game #2 is set for Saturday and has opened up with Vancouver favored at -200 with a total of 5.0.
Stanley Game #2 Start Time:
When: Saturday June 4th at 8:05pm EST
Where: Rogers Arena (Vancouver, British Columbia)
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Starting Goalies: Vancouver- Roberto Luongo, Boston- Tim Thomas
Current Odds: Vancouver Canucks -200/ Boston Bruins +170 (click for updating NHL betting odds)
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