The Stanley Cup will be handed out on Wednesday night for sure. To who, is yet to be determined.
The Bruins forced a seventh game by playing their style. It is not pretty. Effective, and for some reason very good at the Gardens, but not pretty.
Sadly though, the referees continue to be a story in the playoffs with their ineptitude. This time, on the very first shift, with no puck anywhere near, Boychuk was allowed to have two hands on Raymond, pushing him awkwardly into the boards with no call. Even more infuriating, is Raymond looked to be seriously injured, taken to the hospital on a stretcher after barely getting off the ice. See for yourself. Ask yourself, where is the puck, and why is he allowed to wrap him up in a wrestling move like that?
They again influenced the game negatively when Chara hits Henrik Sedin twice, and its the Canuck that gets a diving call, for the crime of being hit by a 6 foot 9 guy and not falling right. It was the wrong call, without a doubt. So, two early thuggery plays that result in an inexplicable penalty for the Canuck captain, and a serious injury? Come on. I have no confidence in the referees any more in the playoffs.
OK, bad breaks right? It still is the guys on the ice. And Roberto Luongo does not make it easy on himself on the first goal, as there is no way Marchand should score from there.
Lucic would get a second, on a play that the whole team made mistakes on, including Bieksa going to pick up his stick and leaving a 2 on 1.
The Bruins power play got their chance, on a stupid play by Edler. You do not hit a guy on an icing, and he did. The Canucks did not do that well on it, and this was the result…
So, Luongo out, and Schneider in. Yes, Lui needed to be better, but man, tough to take in a Game 6 when the Cup is in the building. He again had less help than he gets at home, as well.
Schneider cannot really be blamed for this goal, as Ryder made a nice deflection, but look at how open he is there.
After that, the Bruins just sat back. The Canucks came on hard, and they had their chances. Hell, they had their chances in the first. Before the goal deluge, Henrik had an open net on a play that was identical to the Lapierre winning goal, and had it bounce over his stick.
They did get one on the power play, when Henrik made a nice play to do this….
But then Torres took a dumb, dumb, dumb tripping call, and Krejci finished off a nice play to score.
Look, its not like I want to point out bad calls and bad reffing. But once again, they were not fair in how they called the game. If they were calling the things they were calling tonight both ways, then I would have no problem. But Kelly Sutherland and Dan O’Hallaran were more interested in giving the NHL a Game 7, by the look of things. I hope that is not true, and I don’t think the league has that little integrity. But you cannot really blame some fans for getting their tinfoil hats out on occasion.
When one side is allowed to do things that the other gets continually sent to the box for, it can be frustrating. Daniel Sedin got punched in the head by Marchand on a late scrum four times. You could lip read him calling Sutherland an “effing A-hole” when asking him “when you are going to call that $#%^”?
Thats Daniel Sedin. I know he is a hothead and an agitator and all, but come on refs. Call it fair. One of the most calm and classy players in the league even reached his boiling point!
The Canucks kept battling right to the end, and Lapierre got a goal to finish the scoring that should show the Canucks once again how they beat Thomas, as he was way out. They had their chances to score in this game earlier. Thomas made some huge saves then. But he is not as infallible as the media will portray him tonight, and he looked beatable, He made some great saves. He also had the help of the post all night, and was overplaying pucks like crazy…like on this one.
As it is, expect a pissed off and “us against the world” Canucks team on Wednesday night. They did not play all that bad. A suspect 1st period, some iffy goaltending on the first two goals, and that is all it takes.
Kudos for the Bruins and their fans for the win. But. Hopefully, the “best” the NHL has to offer for officials, as is supposed to be the case right now, can at least call one fair game, instead of getting involved negatively. Their letting the Bruins injure one guy, and calling Henrik for that diving call ( a huge joke, and a very bad call ) contributed too much to this game’s result.
The Bruins were the better team tonight. They did not need, nor should they get, that much help from the refs. They called 4 penalties on Bergeron tonight. They could have called more. He was running at guys with high elbows all night. The rest of his team was doing the same.
Calling a few late penalties to even up the calls, when the game is over, that is not how it should go. But that is what happened.
Hopefully, it won’t happen on Wednesday. It would be a shame to see the Cup handed out in a game where the refs made yet more mistakes. It sullies the game.
I feel good about the Canucks chances, at home. Hopefully the NHL doesn’t decide to keep the Cup south of the border!