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Question of the Day
BOSTON (AP) - Buckle up.
The Canucks made it 4-1 just 22 seconds into the third period when Henrik Sedin went to his right and left the Bruins defense knocking into each other _ and goalie Tim Thomas _ before backhanding it into the net. And then three minutes later they put another one off the post _ it was so quick it fooled the referee, who whistled the play dead (but never actually signaled a goal).
After watching the replay, it was clear that the puck went off the post and never crossed the goal line.
So the Canucks still have a long way to go, but a three-goal deficit isn’t insurmountable, especially against the team that blew a 3-0 lead to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals last year. (The Bruins also blew a three games to nothing lead in the series, something that took a long time for them to live down.)
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.)
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.)
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