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When the Boston Bruins squeaked by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 28th, most were predicting an airtight series with the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks. So far, it seems the prognosticators (Harold Camping not included) were dead on.
In the first contest between the two teams, it took 59 minutes and 19 seconds for either team to get a puck past the Bruins' Tim Thomas or Vancouver's Roberto Luongo. The polarizing Raffi Torres scored at the 19:41 mark of the third period and the Canucks held on to win 1-0 and take a 1-0 series lead.
In Game Two, the Canucks jumped out to a 1-0 lead twelve minutes into the first. The Bruins then bit back, scoring two in the second to go up 2-1. Nearly ten minutes into the third, Daniel Sedin tied the game. Neither team could manage to score for the rest of the third period so they headed to overtime where Alex Burrows sealed the deal for the Canucks just eleven seconds in, scoring his ninth goal of the playoffs.
Now, while the experts may recycle the phrase "You're not in trouble until you lose at home," the statistics say otherwise. According to WhoWins.com, the team that goes up 2-0 in the Finals has won the series 87% of the time across all sports and 91% of the time in the history of the NHL. In terms of history, it appears the Bruins face incredible odds in coming back to win this series. The Bruins will certainly look to the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, who were down 2-0 and then again 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings, yet ended up winning the series in seven games.
In terms of Game Three (Boston's first home game) specifically, now is a good time to buy tickets according to our Price Forecast. Ticket prices for the first game at Boston's TD Garden initially peaked around May 18th, the day after the Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 and the Canucks stomped the San Jose Sharks 7-3. Since then, prices seemed to decline likely due to the Lightning forcing a seventh game. However, ticket prices have spiked again -- skyrocketing more than $200 on average from $648.95 on June 3rd to $857 today.
So get your tickets now! Based on games one and two, the next one will be a good one.
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