Before the Stanley Cup Final began, it was difficult to predict how the Bruins and Canucks would respond to each other, considering they only played once during the regular season. Few would have predicted the level of hatred between the two teams would rise to its current level.
Following a 1-0 win in Game 5, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo commented on the game's lone goal, saying it would have been an easy save for him. Luongo also said that he's been pumping Tim Thomas' tires all series, but that he hasn't heard Thomas say one nice thing about him.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn't want to get into the matter, but he did defend his netminder. Julien said he doesn't expect Thomas to lose any sleep over the comments.
Zdeno Chara and Shawn Thornton were two of the Bruins players who declined to comment on Luongo's comments. Thornton did say that Thomas has been their best player all season.
The Bruins face a must-win Game 6 in Boston on Monday night, and they understand they'll need to play a desperate game.
To hear Luongo's comments and the Bruins' response, as well as Gord Kluzak's expectations for Game 6, check out the video above from NESN Daily.