BOSTON – The Stanley Cup will be in the building when the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins face one another in Game 6 on Monday night. Here’s a look at five things each team needs to do to win the most important game of the season:
1. Use the crowd: The rocking atmosphere at TD Garden was a big boost to the Bruins in Games 3 and 4, and they’ll be looking to harness that yet again. Boston is 9-3 on home ice during these playoffs.
2. Get to Luongo: Life was a little bit too easy for Louie during a 1-0 win in Game 5 on Friday. The Bruins need to send men to the net and create traffic to make his job more difficult.
3. Krejci sighting: It would be a big bonus if Boston’s top-line centre made his presence felt. The leading scorer in the playoffs was nowhere to be found in Game 5.
4. Tremendous Thomas: Tim Thomas has only allowed six goals in five games during this series and is a major reason why the final has reached Game 6. He needs to keep that up.
5. Composure: It doesn’t get more pressure packed than a must-win game to save the season. The Bruins need to rise to the occasion rather than shrink under the spotlight.
1. Step up the PP: The Canucks are clipping along at a dismal 1-for-25 success rating with a man advantage during the Stanley Cup. If that changes, the chances of success increase.
2. Production from the twins: It’s hard to imagine the Canucks winning a game in Boston if Daniel and Henrik Sedin continue to be held off the scoresheet. They’ve combined for just two points in the series.
3. Goals: It doesn’t end with the Sedins. The team is likely going to need more than one goal to win another game in this series.
4. Physical Edler: Alex Edler set the tone in Game 5 by throwing 10 hits and needs to continue discouraging the Boston forwards. He’s emerged as one of Vancouver’s top defencemen.
5. Luongo in Beantown: Roberto Luongo was scorched for 12 goals in just over five periods in Game 3 and 4 at TD Garden. He’ll obviously be looking for a better showing in Game 6.