Tonight in Kitchen Stadium, the secret ingredient was home-ice advantage. The Vancouver Canucks, as is their custom, cooked up an early stinker on the road en route to another crushing defeat in Boston. Make it a 5-2 final. Chef Tim Thomas prepared a dazzling dish of 36 saves, holding the Canucks scoreless until the third period. Only after falling down 4-0 in the first period did the Canucks begin to show any desire to compete in Game 6 of the Stanely Cup Final. The Canucks have now scored a total of three goals in Boston in this series, while the Bruins have only been able to pot two in Vancouver. Maybe there’s something to this idea of ‘home-ice advantage’ after all.
Only the most cynical of cynics would have predicted that Roberto Luongo would have been chased from the net less than 10 minutes into Game 6, so hats off to whomever accurately predicted that. Brad Marchand opened the floodgates five and a half minutes into the first period, and he was followed by Milan Lucic scoring his second of the series and a power play marker from Andrew Ference. Coming off of a shutout in Game 5, Luongo allowed three goals on eight shots before Alain Vigneault pulled him in favour of Cory Schneider. Making his second appearance in three games, Schneider was pretty solid despite giving up a goal just over a minute after being summoned from the bench. He won’t be the story, but Schneider gave the Canucks a chance in stopping 30 of 32 shots he faced.
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The Bruins led 4-0 after one, scoring all four goals in a span of 4:14. Thomas looked like he had a legitimate shot at a shutout before Henrik Sedin opened the third period with his third of the playoffs on an open net with a backhand. Both teams would add another goal, but the Bruins managed to fend off elimination and force a seventh and deciding game for Wednesday night.
Here are your highlights:
Mason Raymond can’t stop the bumrush
Raymond left the game and did not return following this collision with the boards via Johnny Boychuk. He was reportedly taken out of TD Garden on a stretcher, we will follow up on Raymond in the morning.
Luongo yanked after three first period goals
Roberto Luongo would not get his coveted tire pumping from Tim Thomas on this night.
Full Game 6 highlights
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