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Question of the Day
The Bruins goalie almost came up with one in Game 3, but he gave up a meaningless goal late in the third period that made it 5-1. A Vezina Trophy finalist, Thomas had a career-high nine shutouts in the regular season. He has two more so far in the postseason, both against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals, and now must be considered a favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
The Bruins forward made a move over the blue line to fake out defender Kevin Bieksa, who went sliding into the boards. Meanwhile, Lucic headed for the net and sent the puck across into the middle, where it bounced off a couple of sticks and Peverley’s midsection and into the net.
After allowing three goals in the first seven periods of the Stanley Cup final series, Luongo has given up 12 more in a little more than four periods.
It will be interesting to see if Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo can finish this one out.
He hasn’t been that bad in Game 4, though he probably would like another try at the Michael Ryder wrist shot that became Boston’s second goal. But Luongo fell apart rather quickly in Game 3 _ four goals in the second period and four more in the third. Coach Alain Vigneault offered to pull him on Monday night, but Luongo said he wanted to stay in.
No word on what the conversation was tonight during Vancouver’s timeout after Brad Marchand made it 3-0 _ just 2:18 after Ryder’s goal. But if the Bruins strike quickly in the third period it might be time for Luongo to call it a night and rest up for Game 5 in Vancouver on Friday night. If Boston wins, that guarantees a sixth game on Monday _ and two more cross-country trips for the teams.
In case anyone’s wondering, Vancouver’s backup goalie is Cory Schneider, a Boston College product who played in the TD Garden for the Beanpot and Hockey East tournaments. The Bruins have Tuukka Rask working the door; he was the No. 1 goaltender at the end of last year, but Tim Thomas won the job back from him this season.
Rask hasn’t played in the postseason _ it’s been two months since he’s gotten into a game. Schneider has played in three postseason games, starting Game 6 of the first-round series against Chicago and allowing three goals before he was pulled with about 17 1/2 minutes left. That was about six weeks ago.
Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand scored 2:18 apart to turn a one-goal game into possibly another blowout.
Marchand chipped a loose puck that was bouncing in front of the net past Roberto Luongo to make it 3-0 with 6:31 left in the second period. Patrice Bergeron gets an assist on that one _ his 14th of the playoffs. The Canucks called their timeout, but Luongo stayed in the game; in Monday’s 8-1 blowout, coach Alain Vigneult said he gave his goalie the option of whether to stay in.
By John McAfee
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