June 14th, 2011 by

Bruins quickly earn their trip to Game 7

(Photo Credit: Portland Press Herald) Brad Marchand’s goal in the first period helped paved the way for the Bruins’ 5-2 win in Game 6

BOSTON – Judging by the goal totals, one can tell that the Bruins have been a better team at home then they have on the road during the Stanley Cup Finals

Returning to the TD Garden Monday, where they have outscored the Canucks 17-3 (including Monday’s result from Game 6), the Bruins wasted little time getting their offense in rhythm. In a span of 4:14, Boston received tallies from Brad Marchand (3:31 of the first period), Milan Lucic (6:06), Andrew Ference (a power play tally at 8:35) and Michael Ryder (9:45) to get out to a quick 4-0 first period lead.

When it was all said and done, the Bruins, on a night where they chased starter Roberto Luongo at 8:35 of the opening stanza, earned a 5-2 victory and forced a Game 7 at the Rogers Arena Wednesday night.

“We needed to come out hard tonight and I thought our guys responded,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “Our guys have responded well and now we have to make sure we don’t get too comfortable with our game. We’re willing to bring it to Vancouver with us, because that’s what it’s going to take to win.”

Getting off to a quick start was part of the Bruins M.O. in Game 6.

“We came in with the game plan that we wanted to execute and we wanted to have a good start,” said Bruins rookie forward Tyler Seguin “Everyone rose to the occasion and we had a good five minutes where we popped four goals and stayed consistent throughout the entire 60 [minutes].”

Many pundits thought the Bruins would bow out by now after dropping the first two games in heartbreaking fashion out in Vancouver. Much like they have all postseason, however, the Bruins handled that adversity and evened the series up in Boston.

After dropping Game 5 in Vancouver, many thought it was only a matter of time before the Canucks would hoist Lord’s Stanley. The Bruins made sure that this opportunity would wait for one more game.

This time, however, the Bruins have set themselves up for an opportunity of their own Wednesday night in another do or die situation for Game 7.

But in order to capitalize, the Black and Gold will need to get a few goals past Luongo, who has only given up two goals up north, and in the process, give Tim Thomas, the clear favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy, some breathing room.

A start like Monday in a hostile environment should help the cause.

“I think we have to make sure we get off to a good start,” said Marchand, who became the Bruins all-time leader in goals scored in a single playoff among rookies. “They seem to get so much momentum and energy from their crowd and we just have to find a way to counter that and come out strong.”

The Bruins are all too familiar with seventh games. They vanished recent ghosts when Nathan Horton – given a standing ovation by the crowd tonight after being shown on the jumbotron – scored both Game 7 winners against the Canadiens and Lightning.

While Horton won’t suit up Wednesday due to his concussion suffered in Game 3 courtesy of Aaron Rome, one can bet the Bruins will once again put it all on the line, especially with a much bigger prize at stake.

“It’s the most important game for both teams,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “That’s [going to be] the game of the year.”

This post also appeared on Inside Hockey

Share "Bruins quickly earn their trip to Game 7" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Post Game
Oct 1, 53 mins ago

Bobby Robins looking to become a big hit with Bruins

The New York Islanders may never see Bobby Robins again, but on Tuesday night in Boston they saw more than enough of 64 in black. With some forward spots open on the Bruins’ roster, Robins is doing everything he can to make a name for himself. Robi…

Sep 29, 2 days ago

Bruins sign Smith, Krug, to 1-year deals (updated)

One of the questions for the Boston Bruins prior to the start of the 2014-15 season has been answered. After remaining unsigned for the first two weeks of training camp, the Bruins announced Monday that both Reilly Smith and Torey Krug inked matching…

Sep 28, 2 days ago

Bobby Orr pays #RE2PECT to Derek Jeter

Say what you want about the overhyping of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour or his status among the all-time greats in New York Yankees history, but there are very few modern day baseball players that deserve a proper send off. The Boston Red Sox, an…