The Boston Bruins scored four first period goals and went onto defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston scored the four goals in a 4:14 span and Tim Thomas did the rest to force Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday.
Boston could not have dreamed of a better first period as they scored four first period goals and chased Roberto Luongo as they go into the first intermission leading Vancouver 4-0. Boston scored all their goals in a 4:14 span, which is a record for the fastest four goals scored by one team in the Stanley Cup Final. Brad Marchand got the Boston scoring explosion going when his snap shot went over Luongo’s shoulder and Boston got the all important first goal. Milan Lucic made is 2-0 just :35 seconds later as Lucic shot went between Luongo’s legs; Luongo could have easily stopped both goals. Boston scored on their first power play when Andrew Ference’s shot from the point beat Luongo and just like that it was 3-0. That goal proved to be the end of Luongo’s night as Vancouver brought in backup goalie Cory Schneider to stop the bleeding. Schneider didn’t fare any better as just 1:10 seconds later Thomas Kaberle’s shot from the point was deflected by Michael Ryder and Boston had a commanding 4-0 advantage 9:45 into the game. Vancouver had some chances, but unlike Loungo, Thomas was there to make the save. Kesler had a chance on a wrap around, but Thomas slid over to keep Vancouver scoreless and also stopped Jannik Hansen on a breakaway in the final minute of the period. Boston outshot Vancouver 19-11. Alain Vigneault
Things settled down in the second period as it was more evenly played and there were no goals scored. Vancouver had an early power play chance and had some good pressure, Daniel Sedin had the best chance to score, but his shot from the slot rang off the post. Cory Schneider has looked very comfortable in net as he has made some good saves to keep the deficit at four. Vancouver had an another power play chance when Patrice Bergeron took a penalty, but Vancouver had no scoring chances, in fact the best scoring chance was by Daniel Paille on a shorthanded chance as Vancouver continues to struggle to score power play goals. Boston has now killed off twenty straight penalties. Patrice Bergeron took a late penalty which will continue into the third period, if Vancouver has any chance of coming back they must score.
Vancouver finally capitalized on the power play just: 22 seconds into the third period when Henrik Sedin’s back hand beat Thomas and Vancouver narrowed the deficit to three, trailing 4-1 with more than 19 minutes to play in the third. That was Henrik Sedin’s first goal of the series. That goal woke up the Canucks and they were putting serious pressure on the Bruins and they thought they made it 4-2, but after video review it was determined that Jannik Hansen’s one timer hit the post. Vancouver ran into penalty problems and gave Boston a 5 on 3 power play and David Krejci made the Canucks pay and once again Boston had a four goal lead with about thirteen minutes to play. Vancouver closed out the scoring when the game was already decided when Maxim Lapierre took a pass from Daniel Sedin and he shot the puck into the wide open net. Game 7 will be on Wednesday in Vancouver with the winner being crowned the Stanley Cup Champion.
Notes: It has been 39 years since Boston last won the Stanley Cup…Vancouver has never won the Stanley Cup in their 40 year history.
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Written by Kevin Kelly