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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Canucks still unsure about Raymond's injury

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:43 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Kevin Bieksa asked one of the referees what happened to Mason Raymond 20 seconds into Game 6 on Monday night and he couldn't get a straight answer.
"I still don't know what is wrong with him," Bieksa said after the Canucks' 5-2 loss to Boston forced the Stanley Cup Final to go to Game 7 on Wednesday. "I still don't know what happened."
What happened was Vancouver lost a second-line winger to what is likely a serious injury -- one that by the looks of it will keep Raymond out of Game 7 even though the Canucks have not officially said that will be the case.

Chara sets the tone for Bruins in Game 6

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:20 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara is the captain of the Boston Bruins, and he often sets the tone for this team.

On Monday night, with Boston's season on life support, Chara once again led the way.

He set the tone even before the game and then went out and played a near-flawless game. Late in  the second period, on the penalty kill, Chara went into the corner in the offensive zone and killed off precious seconds, setting an example for his team.

Highlights of the night

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 11:52 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The Stanley Cup was in town, but stayed in its case.

This series is going to Game 7.

The Boston Bruins -- on the brink of elimination -- used a four-goal first period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Monday night in Game 6 at TD Garden. With the win, Boston stays alive as both teams will head to Rogers Arena -- one last time -- where the Stanley Cup champion will be decided

Bruins headed for first Game 7 in Final

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 11:42 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

John Kreiser - Columnist

The Boston Bruins are heading for uncharted territory -- their first Game 7 in a Stanley Cup Final.

Boston's 5-2 win against Vancouver in Game 6 on Monday night sent the Stanley Cup Final to the limit, meaning that for the first time in the 15 times they've been in a best-of-seven Final, the Bruins will be playing in a seventh game.

Of the 15 best-of-seven Finals in Boston history, five ended in sweeps, five more were decided in five games and the other four in six games. Boston played three other Finals that were best-of-three series before the best-of-seven format was adopted in 1939.

Go Figure: Bruins head to their first Final Game 7

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 11:36 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

John Kreiser - Columnist

Boston did in Game 6 what home teams have done throughout this year's Stanley Cup Final -- win. The Bruins' 5-2 victory at TD Garden gave home teams a perfect 6-0 mark this year and sent the Final back to Vancouver for Game 7 on Wednesday night.

Here are some of the key stats and figures from Game 6:

0 -- Giveaways charged to the Bruins in Game 6; the Canucks were charged with five. It's only the second time in this year's playoffs that a team has gone a full game without being charged with a giveaway.

Instant Analysis: Luongo poses confidence question

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 11:24 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

EJ Hradek - Analyst

All the trends in this crazy, goofy Stanley Cup Final held true on Monday night in Boston. The home team won. The team that scored first won. And, of course, being that the game wasn't in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo was terrible.

The Canucks starter, who inexplicably started a media firestorm after a strong Game 5 performance with his critique of rival goaltender Tim Thomas, was pulled at the 8:35 mark of the first period after surrendering three goals on eight shots.

Luongo sabotaged his team's early efforts by allowing Brad Marchand's bad-angle wrister to go over his glove, short side, at the 5:31 mark of the first period. Then, just 35 seconds later, Milan Lucic's shot from the left circle squeaked through Luongo.

How loud was Game 6? Decibel Meter readings

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 11:22 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

BOSTON -– Canucks threw down some big, noisy Decibel Meter readings last Friday night in Game 5 of this 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Expect Bruins fans will turn up the volume to Full Mayhem mode, especially if Boston can bust up Roberto Luongo's confidence for the first goal.

Home ice advantage is chalk in this series and the Boston faithful isn't about to lose that edge any more than Patrice Bergeron likes losing faceoffs in the offensive zone. The Bruins welcome the roar, including legendary Bobby Orr made a point of praising Boston fans for their support and lung power while here for Game 4 as honorary captain. Here's how loud it is at TD Garden for tonight's Game 6.

Canucks' Raymond taken to hospital after injury

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 9:34 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Vancouver Canucks forward Mason Raymond was taken to the hospital following a hit by Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the opening minute of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

The Canucks did not disclose the injury but said Raymond is being evaluated.

Raymond and Boychuk became tangled behind the Bruins net with the Canucks on the attack. Raymond was spun around and went back-first into the boards and crumpled to the ice. He stayed down for nearly 5 minutes as trainers attended to him.

Thomas clear No. 1 Conn Smythe candidate

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 2:07 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

BOSTON -- If the Vancouver Canucks can find a way to break the home-ice lock on this Stanley Cup Final series to win Game 6 Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) here at TD Garden, they will win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

But if a poll of writers proves prophetic, they still will be waiting for the organization's first Conn Smythe winner.

While Vancouver has several viable MVP candidates, Boston goalie Tim Thomas appears to be the runaway leader to take home the hardware.

The five writers that have covered the Final from its beginning each cast a non-binding vote Monday morning and Thomas was the name on four of the ballots. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo earned the other vote.

Cup in sight, Luongo looks to silence critics

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 1:15 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Roberto Luongo usually is armed with an answer before he even hears the entire question. It's a defense mechanism that comes from years of scrutiny, of people coming down on him and picking apart his game. It's human nature.

"Even him winning the Olympic gold wasn't good enough. That's too bad. People in that dressing room, we know that he's a winner. He's done it on every stage before and if it happens (Monday), I hope people can stop criticizing him."
-- Henrik Sedin

That's why it was so surprising to hear him stutter and use words like "um" and "you know" before reaching into his bag of quotes and pulling out something new, something unwrinkled when he was asked to compare what his vision of the Stanley Cup grind was to the reality of what it is.
"I think it's been more challenging mentally than physically, and I didn't expect that as much," Luongo answered after a moment. "I think you learn a lot about yourself throughout the process and what it takes to win. We haven't done anything to this moment, but we feel that we're close and we're excited about the opportunity that we have in front of us."
The Canucks can win the Stanley Cup with a win in Game 6 Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) here at TD Garden. That kind of opportunity doesn't come around too often. It's something they want to embrace and, of course, not waste.
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