- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (AP) - The Boston Bruins couldn’t have enjoyed the scenery late Saturday night while their team bus crawled through the raucous street party that consumed downtown Vancouver after the Canucks moved halfway to their first NHL title.

Maybe the Stanley Cup finals’ move to the East Coast will finally give the Bruins something to celebrate.

With Game 3 looming Monday night at TD Garden after a quick cross-continent trip Sunday, the Bruins realize the jam they brought back from Canada isn’t sweet.

Only four teams have rallied from an 0-2 finals deficit in 46 tries. Boston must win four of the next five games to beat the Canucks, the NHL’s best regular-season team and the winner of seven of their past eight playoff games.

“We’ll be disappointed, and we’re allowed to be,” said 43-year-old Mark Recchi, who ended an 11-game goal drought with a power-play score in Game 2. “But we’ll take a lot of positives out of these games. When we get off that plane, we’ll forget all about it. We’ll worry about Monday, and doing our job at home.”

Recchi is right: The Bruins probably shouldn’t spend any time contemplating the historic depth of their plight.

Boston has rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win a series just once in 27 tries _ although it happened in the first round of this postseason against Montreal.

The Bruins are still smarting from their late struggles in Game 2, in which they lost for just the third time in 41 games this season when they had a lead after two periods. Vancouver dominated the third period for the second straight finals game, with Daniel Sedin tying it midway through before Alex Burrows won it with his thrilling wraparound goal 11 seconds into overtime.

“We have four lines that go out there and play the same way,” said Sedin, the NHL scoring champion. “We get pucks deep. We forecheck really hard. It wears teams down. It’s been like this the whole season. It’s nothing new for us. I think when we’re at our best, we usually have a lot of success in the third period.”

Coach Claude Julien will remind his Bruins that they largely played well in two one-goal losses. Their defense held the Canucks’ top line scoreless for the first five periods of the series, bullying Daniel and Henrik Sedin into ineffectiveness.

What’s more, Boston still hasn’t lost a Game 3 in the postseason, even winning a pressure-packed game at Montreal in the first round after losing the first two games at home.

“The positive is we basically lost both games by one goal,” Boston forward David Krejci said. “That hurts, but we know we’re in the game and we know we can do it.”

Yet cracks already have appeared on Boston’s surface in the finals.

The Sedin twins’ line broke through for the tying goal in the third period of Game 2 with a beautiful passing display after forcing a turnover by workhorse Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

The same line was on the ice to start overtime _ thanks to a nifty bit of gamesmanship by Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, who ordered his top line onto the ice moments before the puck dropped _ when Burrows scooted past Chara, around goalie Tim Thomas and behind the net for the electrifying winner.

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