Bruins force Game 7
BOSTON The Boston Bruins put Roberto Luongo and the Stanley Cup back on the shelf.
After another home scoring spree against Vancouver’s wildly inconsistent goalie Monday night, the Bruins are making one last trip west for the big finish to these dramatic Stanley Cup finals.
Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference scored in the first 8:35 to chase Luongo from his second straight game in Boston, and the Bruins emphatically evened the
finals with a 5-2 victory in Game 6, sending the series to a decisive Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night.
For the sixth time in the last 10 seasons, the finals have been stretched to their limit. The home team hasn’t lost in this series, with Vancouver winning three one-goal games and Boston posting three blowout victories.
“I’m proud of the guys,” said Mark Recchi, who had three
assists. “... It comes down to Game 7. It’s one game now.”
League MVP Henrik Sedin scored his first point of the finals with a late power-play goal for Vancouver. Maxim Lapierre also scored in the third period for the Canucks.
Tim Thomas made 36 saves for the Bruins, giving up two third-period goals, as Boston moved one win away from its first championship since 1972.
“He’s been in his zone through the whole playoffs,” Boston coach Claude Julien said of Thomas, who has given up just eight goals in six games in the finals.
Meanwhile, Luongo gave up 15 goals in just over 4½ periods in Boston.
The Bruins set a finals record with four goals in 4:14 while chasing Luongo and welcoming his backup, Cory Schneider, with a quick goal from Michael Ryder.
Boston is one win away from the franchise’s first championship since 1972.