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Stanley Cup Final Game 6 live blog

by Shawn P. Roarke /
20:00 That's it. 5-2 final and we are off to Game 7. There isn't much left to say, is there? It's been  an unbelievable ride. Now, it will end in Vancouver in Game 7, just as it should. We'[ll see you there on Wednesday. Please join us then.

Vancouver is on a 5-on-3 for rest of the game, barring a score by the Canucks. It is actually 6-on-3 with Cory Schneider pulled for an extra attacker. Dennis Seidenberg just took a cross-checking penalty. Without even seeing the particular incident, it is safe to say Seidenberg earned it. He has been punishing Vancouver forwards all game.

Vancouver will finish the game on the power play after a huge pile up around Cory Schneider after Brad Marchand almost scored. There were also several 10-minute misconducts handed out.
17:34 Maxim Lapierre scores, on a nice pass from Daniel Sedin. Lapierre's goal, to say the least, was not well-received at the Garden. The goal means little on the scoreboard in this game, but likely is nice for Vancouver to realize they can score against Thomas, who has allowed just 8 goals in the six games of this Final. The goal came against boston's weakest defense pair as well. Tomas Kaberle and Adam McQuaid have seen a ton of time in this third period. Goal, VAN 2-5

Bruins kill the penalty and Tim Thomas makes two saves. He is now over 30 saves in another game in this Final. At end of penalty, Bruins had a 2-on-1 when Tomas Kaberle, of all people joined as a trailer. David Krejci passed to Kaberle and he got a challenging shot on net. That's three shots and two assists for Kaberle tonight.

Mark Recchi is in the box now for Boston, giving Vancouver more power-play work. On a more positive note for the Bruins, Dennis Seidenberg just took a shift and seemed to be moving OK. He missed a bit more than 5 minutes of game time.

Patrice Bergeron just took his fourth penalty of the game in the post-goal actioon. This time, though, he brought Alex Burrows with him. Both got stick fouls.

The Garden just exhaled as david Krejci just scored on the 5-on-3. Cory Schneider had little chance on that play, although just seconds earlier he had made a nifty save on Mark Recchi. Boston really needed that goal as things looked to be unraveling a bit. Goal, BOS 5-1

Now, it is 5-on-3 for 73 seconds as Andrew Alberts takes a cross-checking penalty on Tyler Seguin as the Boston rookie barrelled to the net on the PP. Boston takes its timeout, understanding this is a crucial juncture in the game.

Raffi Torres just an offensive-zone tripping penalty as vancouver was cycling yet again. Boston needs to regain some momentum on this PP. But, they be dealing with some bad news. It appears Dennis Seidenberg is back in the room getting treatment for an unspecified injury.

Boston just avoided a dagger when jannik hansen's shot off a Zdeno Chara was ruled no-goal. Hansen and rest of the Canucks celebrated like they had scored and play was stopped. But, after video replay, it was clear the puck hit the far post flush and bounced straight back out. Boston better find a way to put its foot back on the accelerator here or two periods of solid work could be quickly forgetten.

Perfect start for Vancouver's big guns, Henrik Sedin cuts across the slot uncontested and fires a top-shelf backhand for a power-play tally. It is Henrik's first goal of the Final and Vancouver's second power-play goal in 27 tries. Zdeno Chara was out of position after going for big hit and it put Boston's PK into disarray. Goal, VAN 1-4

It will be interesting to see how much time Boston's top two Defensemen, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, get in the final period. Claude Julien hasd done a good job at managing minutes so far as each is down around 14 minutes after two periods. each is usually closer to 18 minutes at this point. Any wear and tear that can be saved is precious. Vancouver's Alain Vigneault, you would think, is in a different boat. He needs to give his big guns all the ice they can handle to try to get them going.

Start of third period

End of second period

Bruins killed first half of the penalty without allowing a shot. Is it possible that Vancouver's power play is worse than the Boston one that went without a power play goal in the first round against Montreal? It seems that way.

Not a good period for patrice Bergeron. He just took his third penalty and Vancouver gets another chance to work on its anemic power play, which is 0-for-2 tonight and 1-for-26 in series.

Boston's fourth line has been very good tonight. They cycle almost every time they are out there and have several shots, including two on last shift. A good weapon for Claude Julien as he tries to rest some of his big guns for a Game 7.

Again nothing cooking on the PP for Vancouver. Boston actually had the better chance shorthanded.

Patrice Bergeron takes his second penalty of the period -- neither coming in defensive zone. This one is for interfering with Ryan Kesler in neutral zone. Canucks are 0-for-1 tonight and 1-for-26 in the series. They need to generate some momentum on the PP.

Much of the emotion has been taken out of this game and Boston is playing a much more conservative game. Not sure they should go in shell this early. Crowd is having a grand old time mocking Roberto Luongo, though.

You know who has been really good for Vancouver tonight? Cory Schneider, that's who. He allowed a goal right after reporting for duty, but has been solid since. He just made a series of three saves against Boston's top line that kept this game from getting further out of hand. He has stopped 14 of 15 shots he has faced.

Greg Campbell just dove to block a shot as boston cointinues to pay the price to hold the upper hand in this game. But, their offense is not there this period. They don't have a shot yet in the period.

Patrice Bergeron was just whistled for goalie interference as Boston starts period by going hard to the net. By the way, Cory Schneider is still in net for the Canucks. If Vancouver can find a way to get its 1-for-the-series power play going, that would be a bright spot on an otherwise dreary night.

Start of second period

End of first period

That was nearly a perfect period by the Bruins, who have 4 goals, including 1 on the power play, and 19 shots. Vancouver had 11 shots, but most came after Boston had taken a big lead and Tim Thomas was the equal to all of them. Now, Boston just needs to keep up the momentum while Vancouver looks for any opening to get back in this game and feel better about a potential Game 7 matchup if it comes to pass.

Vancouver killed the penalty and even got a breakaway -- by Jannik Hansen -- at its conclusion. But, Tim Thomas outwaited the Danish forward and stopped his short-side bid with a leg pad.

So much for those signs of life as Vancouver implosion continues with a clear too-many-men penalty.

Canucks are showing signs of life here, but Tim Thomas won't let them catch their breath fully. Sedin line just had a nice cycle, but Thomas had three saves in succession, including one on Mason Raymond from the low slot on a rebound.

Vancouver kills off the Ryan Kesler penalty, but it is a rare bright spot so far. Boston holds 12-4 lead in shots and all the coinfidence. You already have to wonder what Vancouver will do in goal if there is a Game 7.

More penalty trouble for Vancouver. Ryan Kersler is in the box for holding and Boston is back on the power play.

The rout is on. Boston just scored again. This time it is Tomas Kaberle, the whipping boy in Boston because he never shoots from the point. Well, he shot from the point this time and Michael Ryder redirected it past Cory Schneider,  who had entered the game 70 seconds early. Goal, BOS 4-0

Boston finds its power play while on its deathbed. Just 40 seconds into the Alex Edler penalty, Andrew Ference rips a shot from the point that just baffled Roberto Luongo. there was some traffic in front, but Loungo should have made a play on it. Clearly, Alain Vigneault agrees as he just replaced luongo with Cory Schneider. Luongo stopped just 5 of the 8 shots he faced. Goal, BOS 3-0

More trouble for Vancouver here. Alex Edler just crushed Rich peverley in a chase for a loose puck behind the Vancouver net. It was a big hit, but it came before Peverley reached the puck. Edler off for boarding.

During last stoppage, they showed Nathan Horton in a suit somewhere inside the Garden. He had a big smile and mouthed the words; "Thank You" as the camera focused on him and the crowd erupted in cheers. Good to see that smile.

How big is home-ice been in this series? Less than seven minutes into Game 6, Boston has already scored as many goals as it did in the first 180 minutes and 11 seconds of hockey played in Vancouver. Wow!

Uh oh for Vancouver. Boston scores again. This time, Milan Lucic, who had no shots in Game 6, just put one through Roberto Luongo's five-hole. As expected, the crowd is all over Loungo, who has allowed two goals in just five shots. That's pretty much the perfect start for Boston. Not so much for Loungo, who has now allowed 14 goals in less than seven periods in Boston. Goal, BOS, 2-0

And, it is Boston on the counter-attack. Brad marchand gets the goal with a wicked wrister from the right faceOff circle that beats Roberto Luongo clean. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg started the play by taking a hit to make the outlet pass into the neutral zone and wtachined as Mark Recchi's touch pass sent Marchand free. Goal, BOS 1-0

This is the start that Vancouver wanted. Most of play is in Boston end and crowd has been muted a bit.

Referee is sending message that there will be no nonsense in Game 6. He just whistled off Henrik Sedin and Zdeno Chara afetr an encounter behind the play. Chara, who shoved down Sedin, goes for interfernce and Sedin goes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

First big moment of the game here already. Mason  Raymond is in corner of ice shaken up pretty badly after he was driven into the boards during a colission with Johnny Boychuk. He is up now and beiNg helped to the bench.

Before the game starts, it should be noted that Boston is once again a hockey town, regardless of the outcome of this game. Andrew Ference was talking about the rebirth of this town as a hockey market after several years of indifference and how rewarding that has been for the players. This is my 13th playoff game in Boston and it has been amazing to see how vibrant both the city and the building have been this spring. That has not always been the case in the past 15 years or so, but several good seasons have helped the passionate hockey base here get re-engaged with the Bruins. Part of what has made this Final so memorable is the vib rancy of these two hockey markets. It has been a pleasure to be a guest in each city.

7:43 p.m.
The players are on the ice for warmups now and it is a bit more subdued than normal on the ice as the players go through warmups. The crowd is also a little more subdued. Tension is definitely evident everywhere you look. It doesn't appear that either team has made changes in its roster. There will be no miraculous return for Dan Hamhuis for Vancouver, it seems. Of course, there will be no Nathan Horton for the Bruins. There were rumors that Horton would be the honorary captain for Boston during its banner ceremony in the pregame spectacle. That rumor proved unfounded and it will be the legendary Milt Schmidt as the final banner captain of the season, a fitting honor for one of the first true legends of the Bruins franchise.

7:36 p.m.
Welcome to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final here at TD Garden. Tonight's game is an elimination game and that makes it a whole different kettle of fish, as the locals here might say. The players can, and did, say it is just another game, but nothing could be further from the truth. Game 6 could be a life-changing moment for every player involved. Win and each and every Vancouver Canuck will be a Stanley Cup champion forever. If Boston loses tonight, it is a moment each and every player will rue for the rest of their life, a constant what-if that will dissipate -- but never fully disappear -- with time. Once you have been a few elimination games, you notice the differences in the players and in the shortness of their answers and the intensity of their focus. Stanley Cup elimination games are even more pronounced because the end of the road is in sight. Come Tuesday, if Vancouver wins, meaningful hockey is over and won't return uuntil October. Can Boston postpone the inevitable until its last possible day -- a winner-take-all Game 7 -- with a victory tonight? That remains to be seen, but it should be interesting finding out together. Thanks for joining me.

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