Ironically, the Vancouver Canucks played their best road period of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in the second period of Game 6, rivaled only potentially by the first period of Game 3 at TD Garden. Of course, that's not saying much considering the way the Boston Bruins have crushed the Canucks so far in Games 3, 4 and 6, but it's at least a little bit of a consolation if you're Vancouver.
That's not to say the Bruins are letting off the gas pedal. They're getting quality scoring chances, they're faster than the Canucks still and they're hitting everything that moves, making Vancouver look like a tentative bunch of deer in headlights. But the Canucks are starting to find their legs a little bit in front of Cory Schneider, and that's at least a glimmer.
It's probably too little, too late for Game 6. The idea of Tim Thomas giving up four goals in 20 minutes is just absurd, but as we prepare for what looks to be a Game 7 in Vancouver on Wednesday night, the simple idea that the Canucks can push back against the Bruins could go a long way when it comes to the mental aspect.
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