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The Sedins’ line finally connected midway through the third period after Daniel took the puck away from Chara in Boston’s end. Burrows eventually found Daniel Sedin on the other side of Thomas‘ net, and the Hart Trophy finalist fired home his ninth goal of the postseason.

Malhotra seemed unlikely to make an impact on Vancouver’s playoff run when a deflected puck hit him in the face nearly three months ago. He needed two operations around his left eye, yet the cerebral faceoff specialist and defensive forward surprised the Canucks with his rapid recovery, returning to practice three weeks ago.

After a false start before Game 1, Malhotra was ready Saturday. When he stepped on the ice wearing a full face shield for pregame warmups, Vancouver’s fans rose and roared, waving white towels — and when his face appeared on the scoreboard between warmups and the opening faceoff, the crowd chanted his name.

When Malhotra stepped onto the ice 1:48 into the first period for a faceoff at center ice, he got an arena-shaking ovation — and he won the draw cleanly.

Malhotra played nearly 7½ minutes and won 86 percent of his faceoffs.

Vancouver is chasing the first NHL title in its four-decade franchise history after two previous failed trips to the finals. The Bruins haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1972, losing their last five finals appearances.