Bruins Vs. Canucks, Game 6: Roberto Luongo Deflates, Boston Crushes Vancouver, 5-2

Roberto Luongo imploded in the first period of Game 6, surrendering three quick goals before being pulled and the Boston Bruins rolled to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night at TD Garden, forcing a Game 7.

Luongo was on the ice for eight minutes and 35 seconds, stopping only five of eight shots. Corey Schneider, who replaced Luongo in the first period, was solid in net, allowing two goals on 32 shots. Tim Thomas stopped 36 of 38 shots in nearly 59 minutes of ice time for Boston.

Boston outshot Vancouver, 40-38, and both teams converted on one power play opportunity. The Bruins registered 36 penalty minutes while the Canucks racked up 32 minutes in the box. Boston dominated the faceoffs, winning 46 of 74.

Brad Marchand put the Bruins on top in the early going, scoring on an assist from Mark Recchi and Dennis Seidenberg 5:31 into the opening period. Milan Lucic scored his fifth goal of the playoffs 35 seconds later, assisted by Rich Peverley and Johnny Boychuk.

Andrew Ference scored Boston's third goal 8:35 into the period on a power play, assisted by Michael Ryder and Mark Recchi, and Ryder scored the Bruins' fourth and final goal of the period at the 9:45 mark (assisted by Tomas Kaberle).

Neither team would score in the second period, but Vancouver registered its first score of the game 22 seconds into the third period on Henrik Sedin's power play goal - his first point of the series.

David Krejci got the goal back 6:59 into the period on a power play, giving Boston a 5-1 advantage.

Maxim Lapierre, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 5, scored the Canucks' final goal at the 17:34 mark.

Boston and Vancouver will meet in decisive Game 7 on Wednesday night.

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