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Game 7 on the way: Boston thumps Roberto Luongo, Vancouver 5-2 to tie series 3-3

Jun 13, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

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There wouldn’t be a shutout for Tim Thomas in this one, but it matters not as the Bruins beat down the Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 to force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday night in Vancouver.

Tim Thomas carried the night for Boston stopping 35 shots and helping the Bruins along to a seventh game on the road that sees the pressure squarely on the shoulders of the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks closed out the game with a little bit of fight and got Henrik Sedin off the schneid scoring a power play goal early in the third period, his first point of the finals. That bit of good fortune wouldn’t last long as the Bruins would get some puck luck thanks to the post stopping a Jannik Hansen shot that would’ve made it 4-2.

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The Bruins would also get their second power play goal of the game thanks to a tap in from David Krejci. The power play marker saw Mark Recchi earn his third assist of the game and help the Bruins roll to victory. Maxim Lapierre would add a late goal to provide the difference maker at 5-2.

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For Boston, their emphatic first period sent the message that they were not here to mess around and wanted to get things taken care of early. Scoring four goals in the first period and chasing Roberto Luongo (five saves) will do that. While Cory Schneider would replace Luongo and play solidly in his stead, the Bruins merely had to play things out over the final 40 minutes. Vancouver would carry the play for the majority of the final 40 minutes but not nearly enough to spur the comeback they were looking for to try and avoid a Game 7.

Instead, they’ll have to regroup in a big way before Wednesday’s game in Vancouver. With Luongo coming up incredibly small again on the road, it’ll create doubt among many onlookers even in spite of Luongo’s incredible numbers at home in the playoffs. For Boston, they did their job to hold serve at home and force a Game 7, doing so in the way they did now shifts the pressure to Vancouver to once again protect home ice and to once again find a way to win with the pressure on. Enviable position for Boston? Perhaps it is.

Here are the highlights from Game 6:

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After the game, Mike Milbury spoke with Bruins goalie Tim Thomas:

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NBC’s Darren Pang spoke to Boston’s Milan Lucic during the post-game:

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  1. donttouchthedirtypenny - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Suck it, Luongo.

    • tommytd - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:42 AM

      He would be well served to just keep his mouth shut and do his job.

      • bobwsc - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM

        tell us more Luongo, about how you stay in the paint and make saves :)

  2. ingloriousmaster - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    If you cant get more than one post for this topic, this website shouldn’t exist. Anyways, GO B’s!

  3. arizonarattler60 - Jun 13, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    where are all the canuck fans? the other night they where coming out like cock

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:23 AM

      They are getting ready for the parade to morrrow…wait a second

  4. canuckdude82 - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    We’re here don’t worry not much to say except see you Wednesday

  5. nhlbruins90 - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    The Vancouver fans didn’t like it when I said that their boy BobbyLu needed a hundred shrinks to get through the playoffs. Well guys, whata ya say now? That picture of BobbyLu being pulled off the ice while Vince Vaughn laughs his rear end off pointing at him from the glass is still priceless. If this weren’t the Cup final, and if we weren’t playing those damn Canucks, I’d almost feel sorry for him. Almost. Once again, send in the shrinks.

    How many times did Marchand swat Sedin in the face without any retaliation? Eight or so. Pathetic. He looked like a little rag doll out there. Then he turns to the ref and complains. Even more pathetic. He’d be run out of Boston on a rail if he played for the B’s. Yet another reason why 9 out of 10 NHL’ers are rooting for the B’s to win.

    OK Vancouver fans, this is your cue to chime in and tell us all how mean those Bruin boys are. And if they don’t play fair, your gonna tell the principal. Blah, blah, blah. Go plan a parade.

    • tommytd - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:44 AM

      V sucks.

  6. savoirlaire - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Ya know, even if Vancouver ends up winning game 7, Luongo is not even in Thomas’ league. An absolutely disgraceful performance in 3 games, and a big mouth to boot. I mean, last night was pathetic. He pretty much totally quit after giving up two ridiculously bad goals. He can’t carry Thomas’ jock strap…

  7. tommytd - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Hey Boston…get to this idiot early and the Cup is probably yours. Over the shoulder on the short side and he doesn’t have a prayer!

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