Tim Thomas didn't need his tires pumped for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals
It took less than 10 minutes for the Boston Bruins to completely take over, Game 6, chase Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo from the game, and set their sites on a winner take all Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final.
Sure, their was a brief scare in the third period when the Canucks scored their first goal of the game and then appeared to score their second goal of the game with most of the third period still to play. If you’re a Bruins fan and you try and tell me you’re intial thought wasn’t “Oh crap, it’s a two goal game. Vancouver is going to come back and this is going to be a kick in the nuts”. You’re lying to yourself.
Thankfully, the goal was waved off, the Bruins put an insurance goal up and they rolled to the Game 6 victory 5-2.
Which raises the question. Where the hell was this Bruins team for Game 5 on Saturday night?
This Boston Bruins team was very similar to the one that Bruins fans saw in Games 3 and 4 last week in the Boston Garden. They jumped out to a big lead in a time span of four and a half minutes with goals from Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ferrence, and Michael Ryder. They were most physical, most skilled, best defending team on the ice in Game 6, just like they were in Games 3 and 4. They play with an energy at home that they just don’t find on the road in Vancouver. This Bruins team at home hasn’t just been better than the Canucks, they have been ass-kicking dominant at home. They have outscored the Cancucks 17-3. That is ridiculous.
Part of that dominance sits in the Bruins crease in the form of goalie Tim Thomas. After Luongo was chased from the game, Tim Thomas’s performance more than likely etched his name onto the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most-valuable goalie of the playoffs. Maybe Tim Thomas was inspired by Roberto Luongo’s comments where he bashed Tim Thomas’s style and cried about why Tim Thomas doesn’t say how good Roberto Luongo has played, but Tim Thomas was on his game tonight. His movement in the crease was some of the best we have seen from the Bruins goalie since the Eastern Conference Finals.
His counter-part, on the other hand, was less than stellar. He will need his tires-pumped after his performance in Game 6. He looked lost and incredibly beatable. Sure, the Brad Marchand shot was filthy good, but Luongo probably should have stopped the Lucic or Ferrence goal. Not that I’m complaining or anything. I got great joy out of watching Luongo struggle in this game. His comments in the past few days sum up why their has been such a hatred brewing between the Bruins fans and the Canucks fans. They think the way they do things are so much better than everyone else and wonder why everyone else doesn’t think they are so great. They think they have a swagger, but they are like a school-yard bully. When someone punches them in the mouth, they fade into the shadows.
The Bruins have seemed to understand that in the Boston games, but have yet to grasp that in the games from Vancouver. It was a scene at the Garden today as the Bruins rolled to the win, but it won’t matter if the Bruins don’t come out and play the same way on Wednesday night. They need to come out, punch the Canucks in the mouth, and quiet the Vancouver crowd. The second they can make the game feel like a game in Boston, they will be that much closer to winning the game and winning their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
And that’s what this is about. The Bruins are playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s winner take-all for the greatest trophy in sports. All three of the games in Vancouver have been 1 goal games and all the games in Boston have been blow-outs. At some point, it would seem like the Bruins would have to win one of these close games in Vancouver.
We will see Wednesday.
I don’t know if I’ll make it through two periods.