BOSTON -- The Bruins and Canucks were scheduled to have their morning practices in preparation for Game Six of the Stanley Cup final. No major lineup changes are expected after both teams came through Game Five unscathed and satisfied with their combinations.
Boston reporters caught up with goalie Tim Thomas, who laughed off comments made by Roberto Luongo that were supposedly out of line. Frankly, I thought it was much about nothing and eventually was blown out of proportion by the Bruins and various media outlets.
Thomas made a crack about Luongo's reference about Thomas not praising him after Luongo had been complimentary of his play.
"I have been pumping his tires ever since the series started," Luongo told reporters in Vancouver. "I haven't heard one nice thing he has to say about me."
Said Thomas: "I guess I didn't realize my job was to pump his tires," Thomas said. "I guess I have to apologize for that."
The home team won each of the five games. If the Bruins continue the trend tonight, they will force Game Seven on Wednesday back in Vancouver. It would make for another difficult travel situation for both teams going across North America.
"It’s definitely a different mindset with what they’re going through and what we’re going through," said Bruins forward and Vancouver native Milan Lucic. "We’re fighting to live another day. They’re fighting to win tonight. I know Vancouver and people from British Columbia want the Cup in Vancouver. We’re going to do whatever we can to stop that from happening tonight."
--- Bucky Gleason
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