Alexandre Burrows, who escaped suspension in the wake of a biting incident in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, scored two goals, including the winner 11 seconds into overtime, and gave the Vancouver Canucks." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/sports/hockey/nationalhockeyleague/vancouvercanucks/index.html?inline=nyt-org">Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory here on Saturday night and a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins." href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/sports/hockey/nationalhockeyleague/bostonbruins/index.html?inline=nyt-org">Boston Bruins.
Burrows broke into the Bruins’ zone moments after the face-off that started the overtime, drew Bruins goalie Tim Thomas out of the crease and circled behind the Boston net. Burrows fought off an attempted tackle from Thomas and a weak check from defenseman Zdeno Chara and wrapped around the other side, sliding the puck in as the crowd at Rogers Arena exploded with joy.
Burrows’s overtime goal was tied for the second fastest in Stanley Cup history. Montreal’s Brian Skrudland scored at 9 seconds to beat Calgary in Game 2 of the 1986 finals. In 1975, the Islanders’ J. P. Parise eliminated the Rangers from the preliminary round with a goal at 11 seconds of overtime.
Burrows set up the Daniel Sedin goal that tied the score at 2-2 for the Canucks at 9 minutes 37 seconds of the third period. And he scored the first goal of the game at the 12:12 mark of the first period on a Canucks power play.
“He’s a really important part of our team,” Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault said. “He plays five on five, he plays power play and he kills penalties. So, you know, he’s over all one of our go-to guys. Again tonight, he came up big in key moments.”
Burrows’s presence in the game was especially galling to Bruins fans and many others, who said he should have been suspended for biting and drawing blood from the finger of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron in Game 1.
But there was no suspension because the N.H.L.’s chief disciplinarian for this series, Mike Murphy, found “no conclusive evidence that Alex Burrows intentionally bit Patrice Bergeron’s finger.”
Murphy’s adherence to evidentiary principles enabled Burrows to play in, and become the star of, Game 2.
Mark Recchi, at 43 the oldest player in the N.H.L., scored a power-play goal that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead at 11:35 of the second period.
Recchi, who had skated more than 70 minutes on Boston’s anemic power play this postseason without registering a point, cruised through the slot and redirected Chara’s wrist shot from the blue line past Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo for the go-ahead goal.
It was only the sixth goal in 69 postseason man advantages for the Bruins. It came with Chara at the point rather than in the slot, where he had been placed over the past several games to screen opposing goalies.
Recchi’s goal was the 59th playoff tally of his career, moving him past Mike Modano for the top spot among active N.H.L. players.
“We got down, 2-0, in the first series,” Recchi said, referring to the home-ice losses against the Canadiens in the first round. “We came in here and gave them everything they can handle in their building, and we’ve got to go home and do our job now.”
The Canucks took a 1-0 lead on a bang-bang power-play goal in the first period. It started when Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo knocked down a clearing attempt at the blue line and passed to Chris Higgins, standing in the circle to the right of Thomas.
Higgins kicked the puck a few feet to Burrows, who snapped off a shot without hesitation. It all happened too quickly for Thomas — the puck squeezed through beneath his right armpit for Burrows’s eighth goal of the playoffs. His team-leading ninth came later, in overtime.
The first-period goal was Vancouver’s 18th on 67 postseason power plays. The Bruins quieted the crowd by tying the score in the second period when Milan Lucic shoveled the rebound of a Johnny Boychuk shot past Luongo.
It was the Bruins’ first goal of the finals, after Luongo had shut them out over the first 89 minutes of the series.
Moments later, Luongo went side to side to stop another shot from Lucic, the East Vancouver native who became a hometown hero for leading the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants to the 2007 Memorial Cup championship at Pacific Coliseum, the Canucks’ former home rink.
Thomas stopped 30 of 33 shots, and Luongo halted 28 of 30.
Vancouver center Manny Malhotra played for the first time since March 16, when he was struck in the left eye with a puck during a Canucks victory over Colorado.