Canes-Bruins: Boston Forces Game Seven
Game Six at the RBC Center did not stay scoreless for long tonight. At 2:01 into the game, RW Mark Recchi scored his second goal and fourth point of the 2009 playoffs, assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Chuck Kobasew.
Three minutes later, little-known Defenseman Steve Montador put the Bruins up 2-0, assisted by David Krejci as well as Michael Ryder.
Though Matt Cullen of the Canes made it interesting, scoring to make it 2-1 early in the second period, Marc Savard and Chuck Kobasew would tag on what would be a game-decider for Savard, and a much-needed insurance goal for Kobasew.
Though he allowed two goals, Tim Thomas had a phenomenal game for the Bruins. He made 31 saves out of 33 shots, and made some amazing stops. At one point in the game, the puck was fired by Eric Staal on a slap-shot, but Thomas lunged out to make an amazing save, which may have been the highlight of the game defensively for the Bruins.
Thomas' opposite goaltender, Cam Ward, saw only 19 shots-on-goal. However, he allowed four to go by, only having 15 saves to show for what was not one of his better nights.
Mark Recchi, Mark Savard, Chuck Kobasew, and Steve Montador all had Boston goals tonight in Raleigh. Kobasew and Recchi both had an assist as well, and Patrice Bergeron finished with two assists. Phil Kessel had a frustrating night, leading the team in shots with five, but with no goals to show for it. Captain Zdeno Chara led the team in ice time, as well as blocked shots with four.
For the Canes, goals were scored by C Matt Cullen and LW Sergei Samsonov. Scott Walker, Tim Gleason, Chad LaRose, and Eric Staal all had assists. In every goal scored in the game, two men had assists. Gleason led the team in blocked shots with three. The most physical players tonight were Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole, who led the game with eight hits.
There was a scary moment for Bruins fans late in the game tonight, as Center Marc Savard, who scored what would be the game-winning goal in the second period, left the game with what looked like a leg injury. His availability for Thursday's Game Seven is a large concern for the Bruins, as he has made a big difference in the playoffs with six goals and five assists thus far.
The top-seeded Bruins have forced Game Seven after being pushed to the limit by the sixth-seeded Hurricanes, who won 4-1 in Game Four, creating a 3-1 series lead. However, the B's have not trailed since that loss, and seem to have all the momentum going back home for the series finale.
A total of 28 goals have been scored so far in this series. In all three of their victories, the Bruins have scored four goals and won by at least two. The winning team has never scored less than three times in this series, while the losing team has yet to score above two.
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