- Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - It’s 4-0 after two periods, and the Boston fans are taking great pleasure in Roberto Luongo’s struggles.

First came the chant of “We want Luongo!” Then a mocking “Luongo!” It’s usually accompanied by shots of signs in the crowd praising Tim Thomas: One fan superimposed Thomas‘ face on pictures of George Washington crossing the Delaware. Holding an American flag. Wearing a cape. You know, in case you didn’t get the point.

Through two periods, Thomas hasn’t allowed a goal at home in 106 minutes, 7 seconds, dating back to the third period of Game 3. (And that one shouldn’t really count, because it made the score 5-1 in a game Boston eventually won 8-1.)

Luongo, on the other hand … well, let’s add it up: 15 goals in his last 91 minutes, 52 seconds in Boston. He’s been pulled twice for Cory Schneider.

Of course, the last time he responded with a 1-0 shutout in Game 5 back in Vancouver.

The Canucks would be just fine with another in Game 7.


Some notes on the Boston scoring eruption: Marchand now has nine goals in the postseason, breaking the Bruins franchise record for a rookie that had been held by Mike Krushelnyski (1983) and Bobby Joyce (1988).

It also sparked a string of four goals in 4 minutes, 14 seconds, and that’s an NHL record for the fastest four goals by one team in the Stanley Cup finals. Montreal scored four in 5:29 against Detroit in 1956.

It was also Boston’s third four-goal period of the finals. That’s not a record, though: Three teams have scored five: Toronto in 1942, Chicago in ‘73 and Vancouver in ‘94, it’s last appearance in the finals.)


An update on the Mason Raymond injury.

Well, sort of.

The NHL has disclosed that Raymond suffered an “undisclosed injury” and was taken to a hospital for observation.

Here’s hoping that Raymond’s OK.

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