The Bruins had all the motivation in the world to come out firing on all cylinders in Game 6 on Monday. The B’s certainly didn’t want to see the Canucks win the Stanley Cup ice. They ensured that didn’t happen, and they got some help in the process.
Like they have all postseason, the TD Garden crowd roared all night long, helping the Bruins to another convincing home victory, with a 5-2 win over the Canucks to force Game 7.
“The crowd was so loud and you could feel the energy, and we fed off it,” David Krejci said after the game.
Head coach Claude Julien echoed Krejci’s praises.
“They were great, they were so loud [Monday night],” he said of the crowd. “They were outstanding, and with our record at home in the playoffs, they’ve played a big role.”
Now, though, the B’s will have to do something they haven’t done all series, and that’s win a game on Rogers Arena ice in Vancouver on Wednesday in Game 7.
While the Bruins have outscored the Canucks 17-3 on TD Garden ice in three home games, the B’s have mustered only two goals in the three games at Vancouver. Accordingly, they’ve won all three home games and lost all three road games.
If the Bruins are to bring the Stanley Cup back with them on their one last charter from Vancouver to Boston, they’re going to have to break that trend on Wednesday night.
The B’s have obviously struggled mightily, especially offensively in Vancouver. But if they can somehow find a way to carry the obvious momentum they have right now over to Game 7, they might be able to make something happen.
And while the Bruins have yet to find a win in Vancouver, it’s not like they’re getting their doors blown off, either. The B’s have been in every game at Rogers Arena, but they just haven’t gotten timely scoring.
A potential X factor, though, may be Luongo. He has more or less embarrassed himself between the TD Garden pipes, but at home — perhaps aided by his apparently comforting seawall walks — Luongo has been a different goalie. He’s posted two shutouts at home.
If Luongo can bounce back at all and if the Canucks can come out and dictate the style of play by taking the body early on, the Bruins will be in trouble.
However, if the B’s can get any sort of good start, doubt will likely start to set in for the Canucks, as all of a sudden, there is a ton of pressure on them.
Either way, if that big, silver piece of hardware is to be paraded through Boston for the first time since 1972, something will have to happen in the Stanley Cup Final that hasn’t happened yet this year — the road team will have to win a game.
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