Times guest blogger George Parros breaks down Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals
Hello Times readers! What a Game 6 on Monday night, a 5-2 Boston Bruins victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
The first period was certainly action packed and unfortunately for the Canucks, it was the same old story at the TD Garden. I actually thought Vancouver had a dominant start (first shift, I guess would be more accurate) until the Canucks’ Mason Raymond went down in a heap at the hands of Johnny Boychuk and missed the remainder of the game. It appeared like his spine was crunched up as he crashed into the boards - never a good way to start a match.
I think Raymond’s absence ruined the bench chemistry for Vancouver Coach Alain Vigneault. I know it often does the same to our bench with an odd number of forwards, and trust me, I know a thing or two about bench chemistry. All of a sudden the lines get screwy and that leads to too many men on the ice calls.
Things went haywire for Vancouver in a hurry. It was a tough pill for Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo to swallow, I am sure.
The Bruins played a great second period as well. It can be challenging to cling to a four-goal lead; playing too safe will lead to more defensive zone play and more goals against. But Boston stayed true to its system and kept applying pressure.
An unimpressive power play for the Canucks hasn't helped their cause throughout the Stanley Cup Final. But things finally clicked early in the third period and it’s always a momentum swinger to score early or late in a period. Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin finally got on the stat sheet, which by all accounts was overdue for a player of his caliber. It was simply just bound to happen.
Speaking of high-caliber players, I have to give some love to Boston’s Mark Recchi. He has been playing so well for a Bruins squad that has obviously benefitted from his leadership and solid play. I have to believe he is like a Teemu Selanne for their team in many respects.
I was very excited about the outcome of Game 6 because who doesn't love a Game 7? There's nothing like it in the world. No other sport has this much emotion wrapped into one game than a Stanley Cup Final Game 7.
Everyone hold on tight and watch the drama unfold in Vancouver Wednesday night!
Over and out.
Photo: George Parros. Credit: Andy Devlin / Getty Images.