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06/14/2011 - 1:18am
Ryder: B's want to 'pull it off' for Horton

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."

Two and a half...

06/14/2011 - 12:43am
Luongo: 'I had a good feeling all day'

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...

06/14/2011 - 12:27am
Vigneault confirms Luongo will start Game 7

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....

06/13/2011 - 11:07pm
Flattened: B's smash Luongo, force Game 7

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...

06/13/2011 - 9:35pm
Canucks' Raymond taken to hospital

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


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