NHL Odds: Stanley Cup Final Game 3
Down 2-0 heading back home the Boston Bruins are desperate for a win Monday night as they take on the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
The Canucks took a 2-0 series lead on Saturday night with a comeback 3-2 win in overtime as a -190 favorite at the sportsbooks. Boston held a 2-1 lead in the third period, but Daniel Sedin netted the equalizer midway through the period to send it to overtime.
The extra frame didn't last long, though, as Alex Burrows charged the net off the opening faceoff and potted the game-winner only 11 seconds into OT. The goal was Burrows' third point of the game as he also got Vancouver on the board in the first period and assisted on Sedin's goal in the third. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in the win and has now won seven of his last eight starts.
Boston's first goal of the series came off the stick of Milan Lucic, and Mark Recchi also found the back of the net in the loss. Tim Thomas made 30 saves, but came off as the goat after looking real bad on Burrows' winning goal.
Vancouver got a spiritual lift in Game 2 with the return of Manny Malhotra; he hadn't played since March 16 after getting hit in the eye with a puck. Malhotra didn't play a lot of minutes in Game 2 but he was solid in the faceoff circle and got the fans going every time he was on the ice or his name was flashed across the scoreboard.
Boston's only hope in the series is that the change of venue and home ice advantage will get them back in the series with a win in Game 3. So far in the postseason the Bruins are 7-3 at home, and they're a solid 7-1 SU in their last eight at TD Garden. The Canucks are 5-3 on the road in the playoffs.
At home the Bruins are slight favorites in Game 3, listed at -120 at 5Dimes. Vancouver would pay even-money for an upset at +100. On the latest series odds at 5Dimes Vancouver is a huge favorite. When the series began the Canucks were -235 series favorites at 5Dimes, but after taking the first two games they've moved up to -750 favorites. Boston has dropped from +195 underdogs to their current standing at +525.