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“A mistake is a mistake, no matter what,” Thomas said. “You’ve just got to move on.”

Only four teams have rallied from an 0-2 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup finals in 46 tries, although Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins did it against Detroit in 2009.

Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins, who trailed 0-2 in the first round against Montreal — losing both games at home — before rallying to win the series in seven games.

“It was better today than in Game 1, and we’re going to have to keep that up if we want to score some more goals,” Lucic said.

Recchi put the Bruins ahead in the second period with a power-play goal just 2:35 after Lucic scored Boston’s first goal of the finals. Recchi, the NHL’s oldest active player at 43, ended the Bruins‘ 5-for-68 power-play drought with a deflection from the slot.

“I think we lost the game ourselves,” Boston forward David Krejci said. “Obviously they played well, but we had the game in our hands and we just gave it away.”

The Canucks got a pregame boost from the inspirational return of center Manny Malhotra, who hadn’t played since incurring a career-threatening eye injury on March 16. The Canucks also played without top defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who missed his first game of the playoffs after getting hurt midway through Game 1 while delivering a check. Andrew Alberts filled in, playing his first game in four weeks.

But until Sedin’s late goal, Boston played a second straight game of impressive shutdown defense against Vancouver’s vaunted top line featuring the NHL’s last two scoring champions — Daniel and twin brother Henrik Sedin.

Turns out the Bruins should have been paying attention to Burrows, their less-heralded linemate who has 17 points in the postseason.

“We’re not a team that panics,” Vancouver center Ryan Kesler said. “We’re a team that bears down. If we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose giving it our all. Every shift counts in the playoffs, and we battle right to the end.”

Burrows scored his first goal while skating on Vancouver’s second-team, power-play unit with just 12 seconds left in the man advantage, taking a short pass from Chris Higgins and flicking a shot under Thomas‘ arm.

The Bruins had scored just one goal in their previous seven periods of playoff hockey before Lucic finally ended the drought in the second period. The Vancouver native bulled into the slot and batted the rebound of Johnny Boychuk’s shot under Luongo’s extended pad.

The goal ended Luongo’s playoff shutout streak at 137 minutes, 26 seconds.

Recchi put the Bruins ahead 2:35 later, scoring just their second road power-play goal of the entire postseason. The veteran forward from nearby Kamloops, British Columbia, artfully deflected a heavy shot by Chara, who moved back to the point on Boston’s power play after playing in front of Luongo in Game 1.

The Bruins had just one goal on the power play in six games before Recchi scored. Recchi, who plans to retire if the Bruins win the Cup, hadn’t scored in 11 previous playoff games since April 30.

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