Bruins defeat Canucks 5-2, force Game 7

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Bruins defeat Canucks 5-2, force Game 7

By Danny Picard
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BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Boston Bruins continued theirhome-ice dominance in Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, scoring four first-periodgoals in a span of 4 minutes and 14 seconds and defeating the Canucks 5-2 in Game 6 at TD Garden to force Game 7 onWednesday night in Vancouver.

The Bruins -- who set a Stanley Cup Finals record for quickest four goals with that outburst -- won all three of the Finals in Boston, outscoring the Canucks by a combined score of 17-3.

Tim Thomas made 36 saves while the goalie who criticized him after Game 5, Roberto Luongo, was pulled8:35 into the game after allowing three goals on eight shots.

Brad Marchand got the scoring started 5:31 into the game,when he took a pass down the right wing, stepped into the right circle, andsniped the top-right corner with a snap shot.

Milan Lucic made it 2-0 just 35 seconds later, when he tooka behind-the-back pass from Rich Peverley in the left circle, and beat Luongowith a five-hole shot that caught a piece of the inside of Luongos left pad,and trickled past the goal line.

Andrew Ference put the Bruins up 3-0 with a power-play goal. His wrist shot from the left point got through trafficout front and beat a seemingly rattled Luongo.

That marked the end of Luongo's night, but Cory Schneidercouldnt completely shut down Bostons ferocious offensive attack, either.

Michael Ryder re-directed a low Tomas Kaberle shot from theleft point just 1:10 after Luongo was pulled, beating Schneider top-shelf togive the Bruins a 4-0 lead heading into the second period.

After a scoreless second, Henrik Sedin cut the Bruins leadto 4-1 just 22 seconds into the third period when he stepped out front on apower play rush and beat a sprawling Thomas top-shelf.

But the Bs answered as David Krejci gave Boston a 5-1 leadseven minutes into the period. He put home a one-timer from the left post while on a5-on-3 power play off a feed from Mark Recchi.

Max Lapierre scored a late goal with 2:26 left in the game.

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Tim Thomas ranked one of top 40 goalies on very weird list

Tim Thomas ranked one of top 40 goalies on very weird list

The NHL Network is terrific. Its programming is the best of any of the four major sports leagues’ channels, its talent is outstanding and it shows a lot of cool games across various leagues.  

Players mess up though. 

In the network’s recently released ranking of the 40 best goaltenders of all time, the Bruins were well-represented, but so too was insanity. We’re talking Jonathan Quick in the top 20 (No. 16!), Marc-Andre Fleury top 25 (No. 21!) and Corey Crawford top 30 (No. 26!). Those are just a few of the head-scratchers. 

Tim Thomas was one of seven Bruins on the list, coming in at No. 27. Other Bruins ranked were Bernie Parent (No. 12), Frank Brimsek (No. 23), Rogie Vachon (No. 25), Tiny Thompson (No. 28), Gerry Cheevers (No. 29), Andy Moog (No. 36). Here's the full list, per Mark Lazerus. 

Statistically, Tuukka Rask deserves a place on this list if Fleury and Crawford are going to be that high, but we’ll save the Rask arguments for literally every other second of my life. 

[OK, real quick: Rask has the highest career save percentage of all time. Quick sits No. 17 and Fleury is 32nd. This doesn’t need to be completely statistics based, but it also shouldn’t be completely how-many-Cup-teams-were-on-based. Honestly, I can’t tell what this list is based on at all. Like Cristobal Huet had a better career save percentage than Fleury has.]

Anyway, everyone else hated the list, too.