Stanley Cup: Bruins win 5-1 to force 7th game

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After Vancouver scored to make it 4-1 _ and hit the post minutes later _ the Canucks might have taken themselves out of the game with back-to-back penalties. Raffi Torres went off for tripping at the 5:23 mark of the third period, and then former Bruin Andrew Alberts joined him 48 seconds later with a cross-check (it was actually much sooner, but the Bruins had some time with the delayed penalty and Tim Thomas off for an extra skater).

David Krejci converted when Mark Recchi passed the puck across the ice, right through the crease. Cory Schneider never had a chance.

It was Recchi’s third assist of the game. At 43, he’s the oldest player in the NHL and one of two Bruins who have won the Stanley Cup before.

It’s now 5-1 Boston, with less than 10 minutes left.

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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.)

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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.

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