This one falls squarely to Vigneault for execution. We’ll see if he decides to fiddle or stand pat, but the fourth line of Jeff Tambellini, Manny Malhotra and Victor Oreskovich had an impressive showing in Game 2.
Tambellini and Oreskovich boast tremendous speed, and Tambellini has both vision and hands. Tambellini is an unlikely fourth liner, but against the big and physical Bruins we’ve already seen that Vancouver’s mobility—with and without the puck—has largely nullified the efficacy of Boston’s brute force.
In a war of attrition, Boston wins. But with a high skill, high speed lineup like Vancouver played in Game 2, the war could be over long before that.
The Canucks are up against a physically exhausting Bruins team, and their best defense is their ability to roll four balanced lines, each with measures of skill, responsibility and grit. If Vigneault keeps the same lineup going into Game 3, their chances at taking a 3-0 series stranglehold will be better for it.