Bruins Bludgeon Canucks to Force Game 7

Published on June 14th, 2011

Stanley Cup Finals Game 6

by Mike del Tufo

Monday, June 13, 2011
For the 3rd straight game in Boston, the Bruins completely dominated the Canucks.  It was the varsity team vs. the junior varsity.  The Bruins scored 4 goals in the 1st period and cruised to a 5-2 win to force a Game 7 in a winner-take-all game for the Stanley Cup.  Roberto Luongo started in net for the Canucks and Tim Thomas for the Bruins for this game.

In the 1st period, the Canucks scored 4 goals in a span of 4:14.   Brad Marchand scored on a short-side blast that Luongo could not handle at 5:31.  Milan Lucic followed at 6:06 with a tally of his own.  Andrew Ference then notched a power-play goal at 8:35.  Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault then opted to replace Luongo in net with Corey Schneider.  Luongo had allowed 3 goals on 8 shots.  Schneider then was quickly greeted with a Michael Ryder goal at 9:45.

In the 2nd period, the Boston crowd repeatedly serenaded Luongo by chanting his name.  He had drawn their wrath with his less-than-complementary comments about the Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the days preceding this game.  The Canucks tried to get back into the game in this period but Thomas continued his superb play.

At 22 seconds of the 3rd period, the Canucks finally got on the board when Henrik Sedin scored while on the power-play.  The Bruins came back at 6:59 when David Krejci took a nice feed from Mark Recchi to restore their 4-goal lead.  It was also on the power-play and was Recchi’s 3rd assist of the game.  The Canucks added a late goal at 17:34 when Maxim Lapierre scored to make the final score 5-2.

On playing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals, Recchi said, “Obviously it’s tremendous for the city and the organization and not too many people counted on us being at this point right now.  It’s a great feeling. We battled hard tonight. We came to play and it’s coming down to one game. This is what we dream of, when you’re little kids playing street hockey, you know, you’re in Game 7.  We’re going to go up there and we’re going to go lay it on the line like they are, and I think it’s going to be an exciting game.  It’s been three close ones up there and we’ve got to find a way to win a game to win a Stanley Cup and we’re going to do whatever we can.”

He continued, “We can do it. We know we’re capable of doing it. It’s one game. I can’t imagine us not doing it and laying it on the line and doing things that are going to help us try and be successful.  You know, we had our backs against the wall tonight and the guys came out and did a great job. We’ve been resilient all year with stuff like that. It seems like when we get backed into a corner, we fight back pretty hard and now we’ve been in some Game 7 situations already this year and we’ve responded with a couple of our best games.  Now we’ve got to play our best game. You know, the guys will be excited and we know we have to be physical and that’s going to be part of it. It was something outrageous. We got out-hit in Game 5. I don’t believe that’s going to happen in Game 7. We’re going to be there and we will be focused.”

Game 7 is this Wednesday in Vancouver.

Bruins fans passing around a big Bruins flag

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