Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins
The Stanley Cup will be awarded Wednesday night as the Canucks and Bruins battle for hockey supremacy. The Canucks are -170 favorites over the Bruins with an over/under goal total set at 5.
The Bruins jumped on Roberto Luongo early and then let Tim Thomas and the defense take over in a 5-2 game six victory to force a decisive game seven. The deciding game will be played in Vancouver on Wednesday night where home ice seems to have been a factor with the home team emerging victorious each time in the series. Having said that, Boston has had a chance to steal all three from the Canucks on the road while Vancouver has had zero chance in Boston losing all three contests by an embarrassing 17-3 margin. The Bruins ended this one early with a four goal first period blitz courtesy of Luongo who looked shell shocked in the three road defeats.
Luongo lasted less than nine minutes before having a seat on the bench with Cory Schneider taking over between the pipes and at least giving the Canucks a chance stopping 30 of 32 shots. Once again the Bruins received plenty of scoring from a number of sources with five different players lighting the lamp. Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference, Michael Ryder and David Krejci did the honors while Thomas was terrific once again with 36 saves. Boston held a 4-0 lead heading in to the third period before Vancouver got on the scoreboard with a pair of harmless tallies. Henrik Sedin and Maxim Lapierre scored for the Canucks but all they did was make the final numbers look respectable if that.
Luongo has been Jekyll and Hyde to say the least in the finals looking like a Vezina Trophy candidate at home stopping 95 of 97 shots and posting a pair of shutouts. However he has been invisible on the road allowing a whopping 15 goals on only 66 shots. In essence he has been less than reliable and has not given his team an inkling of a chance. In contrast the Bruins have been in every game thanks to Thomas who has given up just five goals in Vancouver and eight overall. Once again the question is whether Boston has momentum heading in to game seven after another decisive victory with easily the best goalie on the ice. Keys for game seven is almost too obvious and probably more so from a Vancouver perspective and that’s score first.
If they can’t score first than at least keep the Bruins from putting three or four in the net and surprisingly Luongo has been able to do that at home. I can’t say there is any momentum because each time I’ve thought that the other team has won. I’m really not a fan of the Vancouver net minder as he’s has been horrible in the defeats and made the games unwatchable for me while Thomas has stolen the show and is the Vezina Trophy winner in my opinion whether Boston wins or loses. It’s hard to back Luongo at this point but I’ve said that a few times already in this series and he’s responded. I think both goalies respond in a low scoring game seven.