Bruins record start forces Game 7

June, 14, 2011
6/14/11
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For the 16th time in Stanley Cup Final history, and sixth time since 2000, NHL's champion will be determined in a Game 7.

The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, forcing the winner-take-all game in Vancouver.

Boston lit the lamp early and often Monday, scoring four first-period goals in a 4:14 span. It's the fastest four goals in Stanley Cup Final history, more than a minute better than the previous record. The 1956 Montreal Canadiens scored four goals in a 5:29 span in a 6-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings.

The Bruins became the first team since the 1996 Colorado Avalanche to score four first-period goals in the Stanley Cup Final. Boston outscored Vancouver 17-3 in its three home games.

It will be the first Game 7 that Boston has ever played in the Stanley Cup Final.

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was chased in the first period after allowing three goals on eight shots. It was the fourth time he was pulled this postseason.

Luongo leaves Boston having allowed 15 goals while mustering just a .773 save percentage in three road games in the Stanley Cup Final. Between the pipes in Vancouver, he's allowed just two goals and has a .979 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Final.

Vancouver will be playing in its second Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. The Canucks dropped Game 7 of the 1994 Final to the New York Rangers.

THREE STARS

Bruins G Tim Thomas
Thomas stopped 36 of 38 shots in Game 6, earning his 15th win this postseason. The more shots Thomas has faced, the better he's been -- he improved to 9-0 this postseason when facing at least 37 shots.

Bruins LW Brad Marchand
The rookie opened scoring with his ninth goal of the 2011 postseason on just Boston's second shot of the game. The goal made Marchand the Bruins rookie record-holder for goals in a postseason.

Bruins LW Mark Recchi
The 22-year veteran notched a game-high three assists, pushing his career point total in the postseason to 146. Recchi is now tied with Mike Modano for the second-most postseason points among active players, trailing only Nicklas Lidstrom (183).

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