6.13.2011

Playoff Game of the Night


2011 Stanley Cup Finals
Game 6: Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins @ TD Garden
2-5 Final; Series is tied 3-3

Both teams showing home ice dominance, Game 6 becomes decision time.  Will another game in Boston show a dominance by the Bruins once more or will the Canucks finally step up and show them who's boss?

With everything all hyped up, just twenty seconds into the games, Mason Raymond got swung and bullied into the boards by Johnny Boychuk. Instantly, the guy was down and athletic trainer, Mike Burnstein, came on to help him off. Raymond went off the ice without using his legs and many wished for the guy to come out of it okay.

Like the past two games in Boston, the Bruins were the first to score, thanks to Brad Marchand. Marchand took the puck off the rush, and releasing the wrister, beat Roberto Luongo for the first goal. Thirty seconds later, Milan Lucic puts the Bruins up by two with a sneaky goal that crept through Luongo's pads. Despite having good games in Vancouver, the Canucks started this game shaky, not looking so great. 

After being placed on the power-play (due to a boarding call to Alex Edler), Andrew Ference let a slapper go and past it flew past the sticks and bodies in front of Luongo and into the mesh. And in came Cory Schneider.

A little over a minute after the PPG, Michael Ryder snuck one past Schneider to make it the hole bigger to a 4-0 lead.

After a solid second period, the Canucks came into the final period with a goal! Twenty-two seconds in, Henrik Sedin roofed the rubber over a sprawled Tim Thomas and up on the board the Canucks went!

And then the Canucks came back. Forcing a turnover, Jannik Hansen received the puck from behind the net from Henrik Sedin, but the celebration was short lived. After it was put under review, the puck was seen to have gone off of the far-post and straight out.

Looking to getting back into the game, the Bruins killed the Canucks' momentum with a PPG from David Krejci. Schneider made a brilliant save to keep the puck out, but just a blink or two after the Bruins were up by four once more. 

When you thought the Canucks were dead, the Canucks came back with a snapper from Maxim Lapierre with 2.5 minutes to spare! It wasn't much, but it was something to getting back on track, and no way were the Canucks going to two games in the Garden shutout.

No matter how hard the Canucks tried to come back, they just couldn't and now are tied in the series 3-3. But the game that matters now is the Game 7. How will the season end for these two teams?

3 stars:
(1) Tim Thomas
(2) Mark Recchi
(3) Michael Ryder





















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