And When Alexander Saw The Breadth Of His Domain, He Wept, For There Were No More Worlds To Conquer: Canucks & Bruins - Game Six

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June 13 2011 05:42PM

 

Vancouver Canucks  @ Boston Bruins

  5:00 PM PST

Bruins   Canucks
14 Wins 15
9 Losses 8
0 OTL 2
3.13 (6th) Goals/Game 2.44 (13th)
2.22 (1st) Goals Against/Game 2.61 (7th )
9.8% (14th) PP 21.2% (6th)
84.1% (6th) PK 81.7% (7th)

Fast Facts

> Best Foot (Skate?) Forward: The Canucks defense had probably their best game collectively of the entire Stanley Cup Final in game five, limiting the Boston shooters to only a handful of high percentage chances at even strength all the while doling out the hits and keeping their transition passes simple. Up front the pattern is emerging: Chara/Seidenberg can shot down the Twins but they still get their looks, Kesler and Bergeron's line as cancelling each other out which leads to the third line pluggers. Vancouver's pluggers came through in games one and five, Boston's in two and three. Who wants it tonight? Luongo now has 11 of his 15 wins coming in one goal games and leads the post season with four shutouts.

> No Tomorrow: As nervous as Boston should be, I suspect they're pretty comfortable, drawing on the experience of manhandling Vancouver during games three and four. Julien can use last change to keep Krejci's line away from Bieksa and Chara/Seindenberg draped over the Sedins and Burrows. Boston needs a hero and it may come in the form of a goal from either Lucic (2 pts) or Bergeron (3 pts). Both teams fired blanks on the PP in game five but Julien planted Campbell in front of Luongo to no avail, so expect another look tonight. Thomas has been nothing short of specatuclar and as long as his defense keeps the puck movement to the outside, he'll remain incredibly hard to beat. Should be interesting to see if Vancouver chucks all the rubber at him rather than waiting patiently for their spots like they did two days ago.

> Impress Your Friends With Knowledge!: Lapierre leads Vancouver with 16 shots on goal this series. Krejci & Bergeron lead Boston with 17 each. (h/t Jeff Paterson)

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#1 coptin_
June 13 2011, 07:03PM
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lou cant keep his mouth shut y would u xpect him 2 keep his 5 hole shut

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#2 coptin_
June 13 2011, 07:06PM
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lou,glad timmy plays a different style.that style got him a vesina,a con smyth and probably a stanley cup.

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#3 Vancouver fan
June 13 2011, 10:39PM
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I am a die hard Vancouver fan and have been for a number of years but I can honestly say I embarrassed and disappointed about the lack of toughness and focus our team has shown in these playoffs. Boston has owned this series and we are lucky to be going to a game seven as even the games in Vancouver could of went either way. Can you believe Daniel Sedin stood there and took four shots to the head? What a joke. Show some emotion. Stand up for yourself instead of pissing your pants in front of the net...

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#4 coptin_
June 13 2011, 11:22PM
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i lived in van from 02-09 and watching the canucks 80 times a year and not a nuck fan the sedines have always been soft.they can score and do that dumb cycle but if you harrass and hit them hard they dissapear

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#5 Ender
June 14 2011, 10:22AM
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I really dont understand what Vigneault was thinking last night. On Boston's second shot just 5 minutes in, Luongo allows a snap shot that's high-short side. It was a bad goal; Luongo had a clear view and there's no excuse for letting that float by his shoulder. Nonetheless, I understand that sometimes you just accept that life is hard, grit your teeth, and move on. Just three shots and 30 seconds later, though, a soft wrister trickles through his five-hole. He needed to stop that too.

Right then, right at that moment, Vigneault needed to recognize something. Luongo has been completely shelled his last two games in Boston. He's now back there and he's allowed two soft goals on five shots. His confidence is somewhere between badly F'd up and nonexistent. As a coach, you need to get Luongo out of the net right then.

You can argue that pulling Luongo at that point might have been a big confidence-kill in and of itself. I don't care. Down two goals early in the game, you still have a chance to come back and win the Stanley Cup that night. If that happens, Luongo's confidence or lack thereof won't matter a damn; he can find it again in the off-season. Even if you lose, Luongo can chalk it up to demons in Boston and come home and pitch another shutout in Vancouver. Whatever you decide, there is no way anyone should have realistically been thinking at that point that Luongo was going to buckle down, exorcize his demons, and stop all the pucks for the rest of the night.

By the time Vigneault belatedly figured that out two-and-a-half minutes later, the damage was done. Down 3-0, I think most of the Vancouver team decided that history was going to repeat and had mentally checked out. They were already gearing up for Game 7 in Vancouver at that point, not gearing up to finish things in Game 6.

That one single decision - to keep Luongo in net after the second goal - I think that could well have cost Vancouver the game. It's yet to be seen if it might also have cost them the Cup.

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#6 Ender
June 14 2011, 10:22AM
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