The Stanley Cup final continued its Homer-ian theme Monday when the hometown Boston Bruins thumped the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 to even their series at 3-3.
The home team has won each game in the series, which will now conclude Wednesday (5 p.m. PDT) at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
As with their other wins at home against Vancouver, the Bruins scored quickly. In just over 4 minutes in the first period, they scored 4 goals which proved to clinch the victory. Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo let in three of the goals on 8 shots before being pulled for back-up Cory Schneider.
Boston got goals from Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference, Michael Ryder and Daniel Krejci. Maxim Lapierre and Henrik Sedin scored in the 3rd period for the Canucks when the game was no longer in doubt.
Canucks Schneider let in two goals on 30 shots in finishing the game for Vancouver. Boston’s Tim Thomas was again outstanding in stopping 36 of 38 shots directed his way.
After the game, Canuck coach Alain Vigneault emphasized that Luongo would be the team’s starting goalie in Game 7. Canucks’ Mason Raymond left the game early in the first period and being taken awkwardly into the boards by Bruins’ defenceman Johnny Boychuk. He apparently was taken to a Boston hospital immediately on a stretcher with a possible back injury.