Bruins legend Ray Bourque stopped by for a chat with Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning during a charity benefit for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.

Asked if the Lightning have a psychological edge over the Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night because they are the more desperate team, Bourque said: "I think it brings the best out of you, so I'd say yes. But the flip side of that, the Bruins are kind of a good counter-puncher kind of a team.

Kevin Bieksa's knuckling shot from the point slipped past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi and into the goal to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory in double-overtime that sent Vancouver to its first Stanley Cup finals since 1994. The Canucks won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 54 shots, including 20 in overtime. His tremendous performance in next held the fort for a Canucks team that was outshot 56-34.

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TAMPA — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday he appreciates Patriots coach Bill Belcihick attending his team's home playoff games in the series with the Lightning and showing his support by rallying the fans on the video board high above the ice. 

TAMPA -- On Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien used the same word -- "fine" -- to describe defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who left Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals a little over halfway through the third period after hit from Tampa Bay forward Steve Downie.

"Nothing has changed," Julien said. "He's fine."

Boychuk himself said that he will play in Wednesday's Game 6 and that despite feeling a bit woozy following the hit that earned Downie a boarding penalty, he knew that he was OK.

TAMPA -- Lightning coach Guy Boucher announced Tuesday that he is going back to Dwayne Roloson as his starting goalie for the team's do-or-die Game 6 against the Bruins Wednesday night at St. Pete Times Forum. 

After relieving Roloson in goal in Games 2 and 4, Mike Smith made his first career playoff start and stopped 17 of 19 shots before Rich Peverley's empty-net goal with 12.1 seconds left sealed Monday's Game 5 win for the Bruins. 

ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose talked to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and the first topic of conversation was the play of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who allowed just one goal on 34 shots in Boston's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay Monday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

The Bruins got a bit of a scare in the third period of their 3-1 vicctory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals when Lightning forward Steve Downie took a run at B's defenseman Johnny Boychuk and sent Boychuk down the tunnel and out of the game. Downie went off for boarding, and though Boychuk didn't take another shift, the encouraging news was that he made his way back to the bench for the end of the contest. Coach Claude Julien said he did not see the hit, but that the defenseman is OK. 

Call it resiliency, call it ice water in their veins, call it a reverse of Game 4 or just a matter of having Tim Thomas in net. Whatever you want to chalk it up to, an obvious point from Monday night’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals was that the Bruins had no business winning.



It's not often that a coach admits his team was feeling playoff pressure but Claude Julien said the Bruins were feeling it in the first period Monday night and it showed in a 1-0 deficit after the opening 20 minutes. But Julien's team rode a red-hot Tim Thomas and found a way to get to Mike Smith and beat the Lightning, 3-1, to come within one game of the Stanley Cup finals.