BOSTON — Well, the Boston Bruins certainly brought their A Game against Vancouver tonight for Game 6 — crushing the Canucks 4-0 at the end of the first period.
Let’s cut to the chase here and get to the goals:
- Mark Recchi took a cross-ice pass from Dennis Seidenberg on Boston’s first goal, who then made a tap-pass over the blue-line to Brad Marchand — who came barreling in on Luongo and beat the netminder top-shelf, glove-high. Marchand’s ninth goal now sets a Bruins’ franchise record for most goals by a rookie in a single playoff season.
- Milan lucic took a behind-the-back drop-pass from Rich Peverleyand snapped it through the five hole of Luongo just 35 seconds later, 2-0.
- During the TV timeout there was no loouder ovation than the appearance of Nathan Horton, in the zamboni tunnel, on the Jumbotron. The TD Garden made mini-highlight video of No. 18, followed by Horton waiving a yellow towel.
- The Bruins third goal, a power play goal: David Krejci won the draw to the left of Luongo — Recchi scooped up the puck, passed to Michael Ryder on the far wall, who then dropped it to Andrew Ference on the point. No. 21 blasted it through traffic, 3-0, and the end of Luongo’s night (who allowed 3 goals on 8 shots) as coach Vigneault opted for backup netminder and former BC standout, Cory Schneider
- Schneider’s second shot he faced hit the back of the net. A strong forecheck by Tyler Seguin to the right of the goal forced a turnover back to the point. Tomas Kaberle gladly obliged, took the ‘pass’ and blasted it about two inches off the ice towards Ryder, who was parked in the slot, and redirected it high past Schneider. 4-0 Good guys.
- What would a playoff game be without a Tim Thomas highlight-reel save? Ryan Kesler skated towards Thomas’ left, deked and wraped around the net and tried to stuff it home, but Thomas went down in a split that will make you say ”ouch’ and stuck the right pad behind the post to keep it 4-0….
- …followed by a left pad rob on a Jannik Hansen breakaway, as Vancouver’s too-many men on the ice penalty expired — with under a minute remaining in the first frame
- Alexander Edler boarded Peverley to the tenth power midway through the first, as the two were hauling full-speed toward the puck behind the net of Luongo. As the puck wrapped around the end-boards behind the netminder, Edler tattooed Peverley — the puck was nowhere near the two players. A heated Peverely took exception, and took the number of Edler for sure remembrance later on tonight.
BOS 18-of-28 (64%)
VAN 10-of-28 (36%)