BOSTON -- There is nothing greater in sports than the seventh game of a playoff series, and it's even better when a championship is on the line. The Bruins did their part again Monday with a 5-2 win over Vancouver to set up one game for the Stanley Cup.
Roberto Luongo was brutal once again in allowing three goals on eight shots before getting chased for the second time in the series. What is with this guy? He's a $10 million goaltender who was worth about 10 cents during the three games in Boston. He allowed 15 goals in the three starts and split town with an 8.05 goals-against average in TD Garden.
"They came out flying," Luongo said. "I obviously didn't make enough key saves to weather the storm early. We're going to put what happened tonight behind us as soon as possible and get ready for what is going to be a dream, playing in Game Seven in the Stanley Cup final."
If he has another stinker, it's going to be a nightmare for the Canucks. They lost in seven games i8n 1994, when Mark Messier scored the winner for the Rangers. The Canucks are looking for their first Cup in 40 NHL seasons. The Bruins are gunning for their first since 1972.
The Bruins deserve their share of credit. They were buzzing early, but Luongo failed to make a routine save on Brad Marchand for the first goal, allowed Milan Lucic to score 5-hole for the second goal and was gone with 11:35 left in the first period.
"Both teams have fought for 106 games to get to his point," said Bruins winger Milan Lucic, a Vancouver native. "It definitely doesn’t get any better than this. You dream about, as a kid growing up, playing in Game Seven in a Stanley Cup final. Here we are, in that situation. We have to go there, do what we need to do to win and embrace the situation."
You think they're getting nervous in Vancouver?
--- Bucky Gleason