The hub of hockey will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 9: Stanley Cup Finals Game 6, Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins.
For the first time since 1990 the Stanley Cup was inside a hockey area where an NHL Stanley Cup Final game was being played, it just wasn’t there for the Bruins.
The Bruins knew a Stanley Cup appearance on Garden ice would mean the end of their season and the end of their long entertaining playoff run.
The Bruins used one of their best games of the Stanley Cup Finals to survive Game 6, and go on to force a decisive Game 7 in Vancouver.
Keeping up the trend of the Bruins dominating the Canucks on home ice, Brad Marchand got things going for the Bruins when he roofed a shot over the glove of Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo just over five minutes into the game.
Less than a minute later, Milan Lucic would step up with a goal of his own giving the Bruins a huge 2-0 early lead.
Not happy with just two goals, the Bruins scored two more times, making it 4-0 before the ten-minute-mark of the first period. Andrew Ference’s power play goal that made it 3-0 Bruins was good enough to chase Luongo from the game. The Canucks star goalie had five saves on eight shots.
After a scoreless second period, Henrik Sedin scored his first goal of the series, a power play goal that cut the Bruins lead to 4-1.
Minutes later, David Krejci would find the back of the net with the extra attacker extending the Bruins lead back to four, and secure the victory for the Bruins.
Bruins nemeses Maxim Lapierre would score a late goal for Vancouver, but it was too little too late, as the Bruins took Game 6 by a score of 5-2.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Marchand, Lucic, Ference, Ryder, Krejci
Canucks Goal Scorers: H. Sedin, Lapierre
In his three games in Boston during the SCF, Luongo was 0-3 with a 8.05 goals-against-average, and a .773 save-percentage.
The win was Claude Julien’s 32 second playoff win as Bruins coach that gives him the most playoff wins as a Bruins coach in franchise history.
Henrik Sedin’s goal was his first point of the series, it’s the first time he has gone without a point in five games since the end of the 2006-07 season.
The win was just the Bruins third in the past 20 games that the franchise has faced playoff elimination.