The singular turning point of the series has also turned into a rally cry for the Bruins, as Michael Ryder acknowledged after scoring a goal in Boston's 5-2 win over Vancouver in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night at TD Garden.
With the crowd already in a frenzy following two quick goals to start the game, the video board at the Garden showed Nathan Horton in the zamboni area waving a Bruins black and gold hanky. Horton was shown live for the first time since being knocked to the ice with a severe concussion exactly one week ago on hit by Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in Game 3. He has been ruled out of the playoffs.
"Horty's a big part of this team and he's one of the reasons we're where we are," Ryder said. "He's a great guy and it's good to see him a lot better and we know he's excited and he wants us to win. We have to make sure we do everything we can to pull it off for him."
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Despite giving up three goals on the first eight shots he saw in eight minutes, Roberto Luongo said he wasn't overly nervous about playing a road playoff game in his personal playoff house of horrors.
"Honestly, I had a good feeling all day," Luongo said. "It was not extra nerves or anything like that. I was excited to play, I mean I had a chance to win the Cup so nerves is part of playing in the playoffs. You have nerves every game.
"I've had some success on the road all year. Before the series even started, I said I enjoyed playing in this building. I'm not going to make any excuses. It just didn't happen for me, obviously, all three games. I'm just going to move on right now and we have one game at home to win the Stanley Cup. We've had some success there as a team and that's what we're looking forward to right now."
Luongo was lit up badly in the three Cup games in Boston, allowing 16 of the 17 goals...
Speaking after his team's 5-2 Game 6 loss to the Bruins at TD Garden Monday night, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Roberto Luongo would be his starting goalie for Game 7 of the NHL finals Wednesday night in Vancouver.
"I haven't talked to him. He he knows he's going back in next game," Vigneault said. "He's going to be real good."
Vigneault pulled Luongo 7:55 into the first period after the Canucks goalie allowed three goals on eight shots. Backup netminder Cory Schneider came on and allowed two goals, making 30 saves.
"I don't have to say anything to him. He's a professional," Vigneault said when asked what kind of message he might pass along to Luongo. "His preparation is beyond reproach and he's going to be ready for Game 7."
Asked why he pulled Luongo in favor of Schneider so early in the game, the Vancouver coach said, "I just felt that it was the thing to do at the time....
In a stunning display of quick-strike offensive firepower and goaltending ineptitude, the Bruins embarrassed the outspoken Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, 5-2, Monday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden. Tim Thomas stopped 36-of-38 shots in the rout, which sets the stage for a winner-take-all Game 7 back at Rogers Arena in Vancouver Wednesday night.
Brad Marchand got the Bruins machine rolling when he came flying into the offensive zone and skated over to right circle. He scooped up a loose puck off the side boards and snapped off a wrist shot that beat Luongo near-side over his left shoulder at 5:31 of the first. The goal was Marchand's ninth of the playoffs, setting a new Bruins rookie playoff record.
Just 35 seconds later, Milan Lucic fired a shot that was just strong enough to work its way through Luongo's pads and crawl over the goal line to make it 2-0. Two and a half minutes later, Andrew Ference took a slap...
Vancouver left winger Mason Raymond was transported to a Boston-area hospital after an awkward, early first-period collision in the Bruins zone with Johnny Boychuk.
Just 20 seconds into the opening period, Raymond was bent over with his back to the cornerboards to the right of Tim Thomas when Boychuk skated into him, pinning him to the ice. In 24 playoff games this year, Raymond had two goals and six assists.
Raymond remained on the ice for several minutes until he was helped off the ice by teammates Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins. For more, visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins and the Big Bad Blog.
Butch and Price discuss how Belichick and the Pats manipulate the roster with cuts, injuries, practice squad etc. - it's a complicated subject! They then move on to the improving play of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Butch and Price start salivating over the thought of regular season football being less than 2 weeks away and discuss some early intriguing matchups.
Butch is in for Dickerson on NFL Sunday and he and Chris get into the victory over Carolina and their take-aways - the receivers could be in trouble if they don't get healthy with Wayne struggling and Boyce not contributing at all, Scott Chandler is a beast that could be a huge redzone threat with Gronk on the field and more. They talk about the offense and break down the running back depth chart. Then Trags gives them a call to give his take on the roster and their play so far.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
Ben, Russ & Alex discuss their favorite transfer moves of the window, Alex shares his dislike for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and just how far can the Revs go this season?
Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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