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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Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.