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He and the Canucks would need all of them, given that Thomas (who had 24 saves) continued to stymie the league's best offense. Vancouver did have a few ideas on how to solve him. An aggressive goalie who isn't afraid to skate on white ice, Thomas was caught high in his crease twice, giving the Canucks open looks into his net. The first, late in the second period, went to fourth-line grinder Tanner Glass, who whiffed on the shot. But a little more than four minutes into the third period Vancouver center Maxim Lapierre did what Glass couldn't do. Stationed on the goal line to Thomas's right, the agitating forward became the beneficiary of a carom off the end boards. Bieksa shot wide through the traffic and watched the puck bounce to the opposite side of the net, right to Lapierre's stick; he flipped the puck in for his second goal of the postseason, ending Thomas's shutout streak at 110 minutes, 42 seconds.
A lucky bounce, and a long walk, had given Vancouver the chance to lift a Cup.
GAME 6 June 13, TD Garden
Bruins 5, Canucks 2
IN ITS PREDICTABLE UNPREDICTABILITY THE SERIES had become a tale of two cities: Vancouver, where nails were chewed to stubs, and Boston, home of the rout. By the game's 10-minute mark the Bruins had already scored four times (in a record 4:14 span). No one could have blamed the Canucks if they had clicked their heels, lamenting, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home."
For the third straight game at TD Garden, the curtain had been pulled back to reveal Vancouver's Wizard of Oz: Luongo, who was yanked after giving up three goals on eight shots in the opening 8:35. It was sweet justice for Bruins fans given his comments about the backdoor goal that Thomas had allowed in Game 5. "[Making a save in that situation is] not hard if you're playing in the paint," Luongo said. "It's an easy save for me, but if you're wandering out and [playing] aggressive like he does, that's going to happen."
Five and a half minutes into the game Marchand scored his ninth goal of the playoffs, setting a club record for rookies. Cutting diagonally through the neutral zone, Marchand took Recchi's soft chip off the boards and let loose a pinpoint accurate wrister from the top of the right circle, beating Luongo cleanly over his left shoulder. Thirty-five seconds later Lucic jumped on a slow Vancouver change and sneaked another one by Luongo. By the period's midpoint Ference and Michael Ryder had extended the lead to 4--0.
"It is just how it has been in this building," said the Canucks' Schneider. "They kind of get them in spurts."
Added teammate Christian Ehrhoff, "Four bad minutes, and the game was gone."