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Tuesday morning look around the NHL

Happy Tuesday, though I'm sure Roberto Luongo would disagree.

*Inexplicably, the Canucks took the evening off for the biggest game of the season, Bucky Gleason writes from Boston following the Bruins' 5-2 victory Monday night. You have to wonder if the Canucks are crumbling under the pressure and the expectations of a nation that hasn't hoisted the Cup since Montreal won it all in 1993.

Game Six wasn't really a game, but a smackdown for the Bruins. The good news for the Canucks was that Roberto Luongo will be well rested Wednesday for Game Seven. He was sent to the bench with 11:25 remaining in the first period, or roughly four minutes too late.

*Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference scored in the first 8:35 to chase Luongo from his second straight game in Boston, and the Bruins emphatically evened the finals with a 5-2 victory in Game Six, sending the series to a decisive Game Seven in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

For the sixth time in the last 10 seasons, the finals have been stretched to their limit. The home team hasn't lost in this series, with Vancouver winning three one-goal games and Boston posting three blowout victories.

*A shaky Roberto Luongo ended up farther out of his crease than even a roaming Tim Thomas likes to go. All the way to the bench. Again.

But Vancouver's inconsistent goalie didn't plan to dwell on his latest journey to a loss too long. He was already looking forward to the cross-continent trip back home.

"There's one game for the Stanley Cup, so you can't hang your head now and feel sorry for yourself," Luongo said after the Boston Bruins forced a seventh game with a 5-2 win over the Canucks on Monday night. "That would be the worst thing I could do."

*Brad Marchand wasted little time setting a Boston Bruins record for goals by a rookie in a playoff year. Marchand's ninth goal of the postseason broke a team rookie record set by Mike Krushelnyski in 1983 and tied by Bobby Joyce in 1988.

*Vancouver's Mason Raymond was driven backside-first into the corner boards by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk. He stayed down on his stomach, unable to get up on his own. Eventually he was helped to his feet by linemates Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins. Raymond needed help just to step up to the bench. He couldn't walk down the hallway on his own power.

The official word from the Canucks that came in the first intermission was that Raymond was transported to a local hospital with an undisclosed injury.

*Here are some of the key stats and figures from Game 6, courtesy of NHL.com.

Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean has been hired as the new coach of the Ottawa Senators. The Senators fired head coach Cory Clouston and two assistants in April after the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

*The NHL's competition committee agrees with a recommendation to broaden the league's definition of illegal hits to the head.

"We don't like some of the hits that we see and we don't like the results of those hits," said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "The numbers of concussions are hard to ignore. That was the goal in mind.

"I think there's a broader spectrum of hits that will fall into this category now."

*The Phoenix Coyotes have signed former Calgary Flames head coach Jim Playfair to a multiyear contract as associate coach.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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