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Bruins dominate at home in game 6, force game 7 Wednesday night in Vancouver

There will be a game 7 in Vancouver. The Boston Bruins have forced game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals after winning game 6 in Boston, 5-2. It was a very exciting night in Boston, and the game was great to watch. The 1st period for Boston was one for the record books. The Bruins scored 4 goals in just a 4:14 span. That set a record for the fastest 4 goals in Stanley Cup Final history. Brad Marchand scored the 1st Boston goal, setting a record for the most goals by a Bruins rookie in the postseason with 9. Amongst all of this, the Bruins even chased Roberto Luongo out of the game, just 8:35 into the 1st period! It was a pathetic showing for Luongo, allowing 3 goals on just 8 shots. It seems like he needs to start critiquing about his goaltending, rather than Tim Thomas’s. Speaking of Thomas, he was spectacular yet again. He was shutout for the first 2 periods of play, but the Canucks finally got on the board with a powerplay goal to start the 3rd by Henrik Sedin. That was just his 1st point of these Finals, in what has been an atrocious series for him and his brother. Game 7 will be quite a game, and should provide great drama Wednesday night. I can’t wait, and I just hope that we get to see Luongo chased from that game as well.

Luongo heads to the Vancouver bench after allowing 3 goals on 8 shots.

The Boston Bruins chase Roberto Luongo out of the game early in the 1st period, en route to their 5-2 win in game 6.

1st Period

The game is on, and we have a Vancouver Canuck down. Mason Raymond and Johnny Boychuk were tangled up at the end boards, and Raymond smacked his backside right into the boards. Boychuk didn’t drill him hard into the boards, it was just a freak play it seemed like. Raymond had to be helped off the ice, and into the Vancouver dressing room. Reports came out that he was put on a stretcher, and taken to a local hospital. Nothing else on his status right now, but hopefully he turns out to be just fine. Then we had the captains of each team sent to the penalty box with offsetting minors. Chara and Henrik Sedin we battling along the boards, when Chara gave him a shove after the puck was cleared away. Chara received an interference call, and Sedin an unsportsmanlike call for embellishment. So they skated 4-on-4 for 2 full minutes just 56 seconds into the game. The Bruins were playing very physical early, just pushing around the smaller Canucks. The penalties ended without any goals, and they were back to 5-on-5. The Bruins were the 1st team to get good offensive chances, with the pressure coming the 3rd line. Seguin in particular, who was battling in the corner for the puck, and creating scoring chances. The Bruins broke-out with the 2nd line plugging up the neutral zone. Recchi and Marchand were along the near boards, with Recchi taking the puck away. Marchand skated behind the Canuck defense, and Recchi passed the puck up to him. Marchand skated into the near circle, and wristed a shot over the glove side of Roberto Luongo. Boston had taken a very important 1-0 lead at 5:31. The 4th line came back with a great chance, with pressure from Kelly and Thornton. Kelly tried to get a wraparound chance, but he had the puck poked away. Thornton picked the puck up, and got a backhand shot off from the near post. Luongo had his left pad down though to make the save. Off a face-off win, the Canucks chipped the puck through the neutral zone. The Bruins however picked the puck up and skated into the attacking zone. The Canucks were caught making terrible line change, and Rich Peverley took the puck at center ice. He skated through the high slot, and dropped the puck off for Lucic. Lucic skated into the far slot, and just ripped a wrist shot off. It hit Luongo in between his pads, and trickled through the 5-hole for another goal. Boston was up 2-0, off of 2 very soft goals allowed by Luongo. That’s 2 goals in 35 seconds for the Bruins, and things were looking good. The Bruins created a chance for Vancouver, with Seidenberg turning the puck over in front of the net. He had a bouncing puck in on him, and a Canuck in his face. He just threw the puck out towards the slot, trying to get rid of it. The puck was picked off by Vancouver, but Thomas bailed out his defenseman with a terrific save. On the ensuing face-off, the Bruins won it back and cleared the puck down the ice. Peverley and Edler were chasing the puck for an icing call, and Peverley beat him. Peverley bent down to extend his arm to touch the puck up, and Edler just smacked his head into the boards. Edler never even touched the puck, and his goal was just to hurt Peverley. It was clear as day, and anyone who says otherwise obviously has an agenda to stick to. Luckily Peverley came up just fine, but that’s the type of play that people get seriously injured on. So the Bruins were on the powerplay at 7:55 for boarding. It was only a 2 minute minor, and I think that is because Peverley wasn’t hurt on the play. The Bruins made them pay, with great pressure from their powerplay unit. Off a face-off win, the Bruins set up along the boards. Ryder got the puck out to Ference, who got a rocket of a one-timer off from the point. With tons of traffic in front, he beat Luongo blocker side to make the game 3-0 at 8:35. That’s 3 goals on just 8 shots for Luongo, and that was enough for Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. Corey Schneider was substituted in net for Luongo, not even midway through the 1st period. The Bruins stayed on the attack, not giving Schneider any rest early. The Canucks grabbed the puck behind the net, and sent it up ice for a clear. Kaberle just grabbed the puck at the blue line though, and snapped a shot off. The puck was tipped in front by Ryder, and it hit just below the post in the back of the net. Boston now had a 4-0 lead 9:45 into the game. That’s 4 goals in 4:14 for the Bruins, setting a Stanley Cup record for the fastest 4 goals, previously held by the 1956 Canadians. Canucks coach Vigneault decided to call his timeout to try to regroup his players. The Bruins went back on the powerplay, after another dirty play by Ryan Kessler. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Ference and Kessler went behind the Boston net, and Ference passed the puck along the boards. Kessler banged into him at the boards, and then grabbed a hold of Ference’s jersey and dragged him to the ground. Kessler received a holding call at 10:31, and the Bruins were back on the powerplay. The Bruins had terrific movement in front of Schnieder, with 2 great chances in the slot. Bergeron skated to the center slot, passed to Kreci in the far slot, and he passed across ice to Kaberle sneaking in backdoor. Kaberle’s one-timer was denied by the great stretch of Schnieder. The puck rebounded to Kaberle, who passed the puck around the net to Kreci in the far slot. He had a wide open net to shoot at, but his one-timer was stopped by the diving Sammy Salo. He covered up the puck for his goaltender, and drew the whistle. The Bruins powerplay ended without a goal this time, but they looked great with their puck movement and scoring chances. Vancouver was now without a shot for over 7 minutes of play. Ryan Kessler finally got the Canucks back in the shot column, with a wraparound chance near post. Thomas appeared to lose the puck momentarily, and had to slide over quickly to make the stop. But he got his right pad their in time, and made a toe save. The Canucks used that momentum to get great pressure on the Bruins goaltender. The 1st line for Vancouver was dominating the Bruins, getting great puck movement along the boards. As the Bruins brought the puck back into the attacking zone, the Vancouver Canucks would get called for having too many men on the ice. So the Bruins were back on the powerplay at 17:09. The Bruins again looked other worldly on the powerplay. This is the powerplay we all have been waiting for. They had great puck movement, tons of pressure in the slot, and were controlling the puck virtually the whole penalty. But the Bruins caught a tough break, after Janik Hansen lost his stick. The Bruins had a quick 5-on-3 with a Canuck stick-less, but a shot from the far slot went all the way up the boards. It was picked up by Raffi Torres as the penalty ended and he came out of the box, and he passed up to Hansen. Hansen had gone to the bench to get a stick, and when he saw the puck going around the boards, he made a b-line for the Boston zone. He had a clean breakaway on Thomas, and dragged the puck to his forehand. He held onto the puck a little too long, and Thomas was able to go spread-eagle. The extension of his left pad forced Hansen to go even wider on his shot, and he actually hit the side of the net. That would be it for the 1st period, and the Bruins left with a huge 4-0 lead, and had forced Luongo out of the game.

2nd Period

The 2nd period started with a huge chance for the Bruins. Recchi took the puck into the far circle, and centered a pass for a streaking Bergeron. He beat his defender, and tried to get a tip-in goal. The puck went wide though, and Bergeron collided with Schneider in net. Schneider lay on the ice hurt on the play, and a whistle was blown. Bergeron would be called for goaltender interference 28 seconds into the period, and the Canucks had their 1st powerplay of the night. Schneider came up just fine, but it will be interesting to see how well he plays going forward. The Canucks had just 1 good scoring chance, but the shot by Daniel Sedin through traffic hit the far post. There was a pileup at the net, but the Bruins were able to keep it out. The penalty ended with another good kill for the Bruins. The Bruins came back with good pressure from the 1st line. Schneider looked great in net though, stopping every shot since the Ryder goal. Midway through the 2nd, Vancouver was still playing a physical game. They started to get some pressure on Thomas, and both teams were battling up-and-down the ice. The Bruins brought the pressure to Vancouver, creating a big scoring chance after a Canuck fell down behind his own net. Bergeron picked the puck up, and tried to get a pass out to Marchand in the slot. The Canucks defense came to the rescue though, denying a shot attempt. As the puck was sent up ice, Bergeron would get his stick in on Kessler. Kessler took a jab in the gut, and he bent over, and flailed about as if he had been hooked. He fell to the ice, holding Bergeron’s stick, and looked up for a call. Well he got one, as he sucked the refs in to believing Bergeron had committed a penalty. The announcer even said that the refs blew this call, and the Kessler fooled them into a penalty. So the Bruins were on the pk for interference at 12:15. Boston was creating the scoring chances though, with Kelly and Peverley creating a 2-on-2. Kelly’s feed for Peverley never stopped on his stick though, and they skated back up ice. Paille came racing up ice to the now loose puck in front of Scheider. He got a one-timer off that just went wide of the blocker side. The Bruins controlled the puck during the penalty, and the Canucks had no offense to speak of. The Bruins had killed off another penalty, and the game remained 4-0. As the period was winding down, Bergeron received his 3rd penalty of the period. He checked Ehrhoff into the boards, but his elbow hit up high. He was called for elbowing at 19:08, so the Canucks had 51.1 seconds of powerplay time. The period would come to a close, so their would be carryover time into the 3rd. The Bruins held their 4-0 lead, and we were now just 20 minutes away from a game 7 in Vancouver.

3rd Period

The 3rd period started with 1:09 left in powerplay time for the Canucks, and they would capitalize on it. Henrik Sedin skated into the attacking zone, and through the slot. Thomas had Seidenberg and Chara both collide into the net, hindering the net minders save ability. Sedin was able to roof the puck with ease, and Vancouver had broken into the score column. It was 4-1 Boston, with Henrik Sedin getting his 1st point of this series 22 seconds into the 3rd period of game 6. The Canucks used that goal to create momentum early in this period. The Canucks were battling along the boards, and Gregory Campbell gave the puck away. The puck was taken behind the Boston net, and centered for Jannik Hansen in the far slot. He got a one-timer off that hit the near post, but Hansen thought he had scored. He celebrated after the shot, and play had to be whistled dead. After video review, it was clearly not a goal, and on they played. A huge break for the Bruins, as this game was just inches from slipping through their fingers. Vancouver was out shooting the Bruins 4-0 in the first 3 minutes of the period. It was up to the 1st line of Boston to get them back in this game with a face-off in the attacking zone. Kreci won the puck back, and the Bruins started creating chances. Lucic had the puck behind the net, and he centered a pass for Kreci, but the puck went by him. Vancouver brought the puck back into the Boston zone, and would kill their momentum. Kreci would get the puck in the far corner, and Raffi Torres got his stick in between Kreci’s legs and took him down. The Bruins were on the powerplay at 5:23 for tripping. The Canucks cleared the puck to start, but Boston came back up ice with a 3-on-2. Seguin had the puck entering the zone, and after he passed far side Andrew Alberts just rammed into him up high with his stick. It was a cross-checking call at 6:11, so the Bruins now had 1:07 of 5-on-3. Claude Julien decided to call his timeout, to get his team the right game-plan to shut the door on this game. The Bruins had a huge chance early, when Recchi had an open net backdoor near slot. But a diving Schneider made a terrific save, and Boston was kept off the board. But it wouldn’t stay that way much longer, with great triangle movement by the Bruins. Kaberle had the puck near circle, and he passed to Recchi bottom of the circle, who passed to Kreci far post.. He got a one-timer off, and just beat Schneider. Boston had regained momentum, and had a 5-1 lead at 6:59. After the goal, Bergeron gave a push to the back of Burrows. Burrows turned around, and took a big slash at Bergeron. Both players would go to the box with offsetting minors, cross-checking and slashing at 6:59. The Bruins still had 1:09 left on the Alberts penalty as well. The Bruins couldn’t capitalize this time around, and the penalty ended. The Bruins came back, setting up their offense in the attacking zone. Recchi received the puck at the far point, and he tried to get a wrist-shot on net. The puck was blocked down though, and a Canuck tried to skate up ice with the puck. Recchi got his stick in between the legs, and his man fell to the ice. So the Bruins were back on the pk at 11:32 for tripping. The Canucks powerplay was bad. Boston has just been phenomenal on the penalty kill this entire series, and again denied Vancouver a goal. We were now just under 6 and a half to go in the 3rd period. The Bruins played suffocating defense the rest of the night. Vancouver couldn’t get any offense going. But off a bad turnover in the neutral, Vancouver created a scoring chance. LaPierre sent the puck to the corner, where Hansen grabbed the puck. He centered a pass for Daniel Sedin high slot. Thomas came out to challenge Sedin, and he passed near circle to LaPierre. LaPierre had an open net, and he buried the puck. Vancouver was now down 5-2 at 17:34, but it didn’t matter at this point. Boston came right back with a 2-on-0 breakaway, after Vancouver made a bad change at center ice. Marchand skated near slot with Seguin far side, and took a snap shot far side. The puck hit Schneider under his blocker, and just stayed out of the net. Seguin came in, and tried jamming at the net. The Canucks started taking shots at Seguin, and Shawn Thornton came to his defense. Thornton started throwing Canucks around like rag dolls. Marchand and Daniel Sedin grabbed a hold of each other, and Marchand jabbed him in the face 3 times before the refs broke them up. So we had some penalties to sort out late in this game. At 18:29, Marchand received a roughing minor served by Kreci, and a 10 minute game misconduct. Shawn Thornton also received a game misconduct. On the Vancouver side, Daniel Sedin and Maxim LaPierre received 10 minute game misconduct’s as well. So the Canucks would have the final minute and a half of powerplay time. Vancouver decided to empty their net to get a 6-on-4 situation. The Canucks controlled the puck on the powerplay, getting traffic in front of Thomas. After a shot went just wide, Dennis Seidenberg gave a shove in front of the net to Higgins. Seidenberg would get called for cross-checking at 19:03. All of this was irrelevant though, as the Bruins kept Vancouver off the board. The period would come to an end, and the Boston Bruins had forced game 7 in Vancouver, wining game 6, 5-2.

Post-Game Breakdown

What a great game by the Bruins. They just dominated this game up-and-down the ice. Boston created great scoring chances all night, and were actually able to capitalize on them last night. This seems to be the difference in the games in Boston vs the games in Vancouver. When the Bruins are at home, they can score. They just need to bring that offense to Vancouver for 1 game, and they could end up hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Boston outplayed Vancouver in game 6, just pushing them around like they did in the other 2 games in Boston. The Bruins had puck control, they had great puck movement, and they played great defense most of the night. You could see the Bruins let up a bit in the 3rd, and they made some lackadaisical mistakes. If the Bruins can buckle down for 60 minutes on Wednesday night, they will give the Canucks a run for their money. The key to game 7 is going to be the 1st goal. The Bruins are 11-1 this postseason when scoring 1st. And the earlier they score the better. If the Bruins can score early in the 1st period, they will get in the head of Roberto Luongo. Especially if it’s another soft goal, like the one’s he allowed to Marchand tonight, and to Peverley in game 4.

Luongo is a head case, and the Bruins need to capitalize on that. Now it may sound crazy, but yes I d expect Luongo to be in net for game 7. He looked terrible in game 6, and was pulled just 8:35 into the 1st period. But, he allowed 8 goals in game 3, and 4 goals in game 4 before being pulled in that game, and rebounded with a shutout in Vancouver in game 5. He played worse in Boston in the previous 2 games, and his coach still stuck with him. There’s just something about being in Boston vs being in Vancouver for him. He obviously feels more comfortable being at home, in front of his home crowd. Boston proved to be to hostile for him to take, and he just melted on the ice. For the Bruins to win game 7, they simply must put the puck in the net 1st, and early. It’s a simple formula, but one they have not been able to execute in Vancouver. Tim Thomas has been phenomenal all series long. He’s allowed just 8 goals in 6 games. Compare that to Luongo’s 17 goals in 6 games, and the fact that he’s been pulled twice. That is just an infuriating stat, and one that really shows you what this game has come down to. The Bruins don’t have a pure goal scorer, and it could end up costing them the Stanley Cup.

Heading into game 7, I have a range of emotions. I’m ecstatic first off, because the Bruins just dominated Vancouver again, and chased Roberto Luongo out of the game again. But at the same time, I’m very nervous. The Bruins had their chance to put away this series in game 5, and they couldn’t do it. Tim Thomas allowed just 1 goal again, and the Bruins couldn’t back him up. If Boston had won game 5, there was no doubt in my mind that they would have won the Stanley Cup in game 6. I think last night proved it. So now the Bruins must do what seems impossible. They must head into Vancouver, and win a 1-0 game for once. I expect Luongo to start, and I expect him to be on his game. It’s a whole different ball game for him when he’s on his home ice. But at the same time, I feel a huge surge of momentum for the Bruins heading into this game. I want to feel like the Bruins will win, since they are playing like the better team. They clearly have the better goaltender. But after what Luongo did in game 5, I just can’t say with any certainty that the Bruins will win game 7. This game is totally up for grabs. So, I will stick with my initial prediction, and that is Canucks in 7. I feel like the Bruins can win. It’s just that the last time they were in this situation, they failed. Hopefully they have learned from their mistakes, and can capitalize on their opportunities. The 1st game 7 in Boston Bruins history will take place Wednesday night in Vancouver. Let’s all hope that they can make it a memorable one. Make it something Nathan Horton (2nd on the Bruins postseason goal scoring list before his injury; if you catch my drift) can be proud of. Let’s go B’s!

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