Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara made the wrong read on the deciding play in last night's 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final at Rogers Arena. The third period was heading toward overtime when Canucks center Ryan Kesler turned a mistake along the boards into a 2-on-1 Canucks rush in the B's zone. Kesler beat Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a clearing at the B's blue line, and fed Jannik Hansen advancing into the right circle, with Raffi Torres skating unattended on the left flank. Chara was positioned between the Canucks forwards as they closed on B's goalie Tim Thomas, and he had a nanosecond to decide what play to make. Chara gambled that Hansen would shoot from his natural side. Hansen forced Chara to commit, before dishing a tape-to-tape pass to Torres, who redirected the puck by Thomas with 18.5 seconds to play.
Zdeno Chara can't stop Canucks' winner
Boston Herald | Jun 2