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Lock of the Century: NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 4

Vancouver Canucks +140 @ Boston Bruins -125

GIVE ME THE BOSTON BRUINS. The Canucks look like they are on the verge of collapse.  Tonight probably won’t be a blow out again, but I like the Bruins to bring the game to the Vancouver Canucks.  Losing Horton is a major blow, but the Bruins are still deep enough to pick up the slack for their fallen teammate.  This game will probably have far fewer fireworks in terms of taunting and chirping, but expect the hitting to remain the same.  Vancouver will crumble under the pressure of the Boston forecheck and physical game. 

 

Over/Under 5 Total Goals

This one is a bit tougher because I expect a more disciplined game by both sides.  However, this has a Luongo meltdown written all over it.  This is the type of game where Luongo looks like he is playing with two blockers on and trampoline pads.  I like the Bruins to net at least 4, and Vancouver to get a couple of their own. 

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  1. Bru1ns Fan
    June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Hahaha .. the Sedins Sissies … lol lol lol

  2. Ben Harapat
    June 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    You sir, are an idiot.
    Goodbye

  3. Mick
    June 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Mayor, I agree with your assessment here. The Bruins are going to come out of the gate charged and can hopefully keep the intensity for the whole game. I hope the Boston crowd is louder than they have ever been. Put the fear of God into the Canucks.

    If the B’s can continue to grind the Vancouver D, they should make easy work of Luongo. He is average, at best, when his defense isn’t getting him good looks at shots. He was a brick wall when shots were kept to the perimeter or the Bruins couldn’t make the quick play close to the net. Game 3 showed a defense that got tired and beat by a solid forecheck and then quick, decisive plays by the Bruins offense. Luongo is the variable in this series that Thomas is not. I like the Bruins’ chances here on out.

  4. BostonPucks
    June 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Vigneault is back to his whining ways.

    “Part of Thomas’s way of playing is playing out of the blue paint, initiating contact, roaming out there,” Alain Vigneault said. “He seems to think that if he’s out, he’s set, and makes the save, he can go directly back in his net without having anybody behind him. Well, that’s wrong. He’s got the wrong rule on that. If we’re behind him, then that’s our ice. We’re allowed to stay there. We’ve talked to the NHL about that. We’ve talked to the NHL about him initiating contact like he did on Hank. They’re aware of it. Hopefully they’re going to handle it.”

    Waaaaaaaaa!!!! Thomas checked Henrik Sedin. Everyone knows he can’t take contact! Give him a break Thomas!

    BTW- Thomas was in the crease when he delivered that legal hit.

  5. Mick
    June 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    And “Hank” was in the crease, in front of Thomas. Not behind him

  6. BostonPucks
    June 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Hey Mayor,

    Since you’ve seen the Canucks a lot more than us, let me know what you think of what I wrote about the impact of the Rome suspension on the series (posted on boston.com yesterday):

    “There’s a good chance that you’re right about the league suspending Rome more than if he were a star. But I do think Rome is more than a replaceable part on the Canucks’ back line, especially if Hamhuis continues to miss time.

    Just from my eye test from games 1 and 2, Rome seems like their version of Boychuk (except he didn’t make any glaring mistakes as Boychuk has done recently). Rome had some pretty big hits in the those games (4 credited in each game) and was part of the Canucks’ great shutdown D in game 1 and the 3rd pd of game 2. He played about 20m and 18m respectively in the 1st 2 games. He was on the ice for the only goal in game 1, which means Vigneault trusts him defensively (that was the last minute of the game).

    Vigneault had to throw Alberts in there for Hamhuis and he’s been a -1 and -2 in games 2 and 3 (and a -5 overall in the playoffs). Now, if Hamhuis is still out, he has to go to Tanev or Ballard who are considerably smaller than Rome and who Vigneault clearly trusts less than Alberts.

    If Hamhuis remains out, we now should have the advantage on the back line and in net. The Bruins need to keep wearing down the rest of their D-men. Bs need to win this for Horton.”

    Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part and Rome isn’t that important. Thoughts?

    • June 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      Rome isnt an impact player. He is a 5th or 6th defenseman. He will be replaced by Keith Ballard who I always thought was the better player. Rome is more physical, and can be an effective shot blocker, but Ballard is better in the transition game. Vigneault is making questionable lineup decisions in my opinion. Alberts over Ballard is a head scratcher. Now they are stuck with both of them. I think the difference between those 3 guys is minimal. Doesn’t matter who is back there, Bruins need to make them turn and go get the puck past the goal line. Then punish them down low on the cycle. The Canucks will get frustrated and quit if the Bruins hammer them. No let up.

      • BostonPucks
        June 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        Fair enough. You’re probably right. Rome did seem to play very solid defensively in games 1 and 2 though. Have you read the Bieksa and Burrows comments about after the whistle stuff? Burrows actually said that the Canucks have been a whistle to whistle team all year and don’t get wrapped up in that stuff!

        Meanwhile, the Bs haven’t said much of anything. I’m taking that as a good sign. Julien has them ready while the Canucks see their coach whine and posture and get caught up doing the same.

        Like you said, Mayor, have to keep bringing the game to the Canucks and let the frustration surface again.

  7. Dominick
    June 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    One thing I think you’ve missed is that Vancouver is really good. Boston came out fired up after “the hit”, but won’t be able to duplicate the results, because Vancouver will be even more focused on shutting Boston down now. I want Boston to win, but your reasoning behind why Vancouver will lose is wrong. Vancouver (like’em or not) is a team that knows how to handle adversity, and I haven’t seen any proof that this is a team ready to collapse.

    We’ll see how right you are though.

    • June 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Dominick,

      I couldn’t disagree more. The Canucks have a history of crumbling under pressure against teams that challenge them ie the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks almost took them out again this year and it was because Luongo lost his mind. They benched him in game 6 against the hawks for a rookie. The Preds are tough, but not skilled. The Sharks are skilled, but not tough. The Canucks haven’t been challenged since the Chicago series until now. To say that they are a that knows how to handle adversity is a real leap in my opinion because they have repeatedly shown that they can’t.

      • Dominick
        June 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

        This season the Caknuckleheads have repeatedly overcome anything thrown at them to be the best team in the league, by a far. They have developed a pretty tough mental aptitude, and shown that they can still win.

        Luongo might have failed in the past, but this season he has bounced right back after every sour perfomance. Boston has had the exact same history of crumbling in the playoffs over the last few years, so there is no advantage.

        I am pulling for Boston, but it’s hardly a done deal. By the way, Go Kings!

  8. BostonPucks
    June 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Mayor, you were dead on about pretty much everything … except for one thing: Ballard sucked last night!!

    Bieksa looked exhausted, dazed at times. Bs need to get the first goal next game and bury the Canucks!!

    This team looks like its on a mission …

    • June 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Ballard was AWFUL. I was way off on that one. Schneider scares me. Hopefully they will just stick with Luongo.

      • BostonPucks
        June 9, 2011 at 9:31 am

        I think he has to go with Luongo. They’ve got the guy signed long-term. If they bench him in the biggest game of the year, it will ruin him!

        But I agree that Schneider would give them a better chance to win. We shall see.

        Meanwhile, Thomas is just an animal. Such a competitor.

      • Mick
        June 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

        Vigneault has to go with Luongo tomorrow night. He will probably be on a short leash. Vancouver’s only hope is to come out with confident fire and score early. But I don’t see confidence right now. I see a team constantly looking for penalty calls and taking themselves out of plays. Luongo is a liability and the defense is crumbling before our eyes.

        Boston just needs to keep the intensity up. Weather the early storm and continue to frustrate the Canucks stars. They can rattle them and then strike.

        Boston comes back home up 3-2 and will not let the opportunity pass to close it our at home.

      • June 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

        I dont know guys. Elaine went with Schneider in game 6 against the Bruins when Luongo’s game went to hell. Schneider got hurt in that game and thats why he went back to Luongo.

  9. Mick
    June 9, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Having not seen Schneider that much, how solid is he? I know he is a highly touted prospect, but is he someone that can turn the tide of the series back in Vancouver’s favor?

    • June 9, 2011 at 11:44 am

      I saw Schneider a lot during his prep career at Phillips Andover and college career at BC. I honestly believe that he is better than Luongo and the only reason why Luongo is the starter is because of his numbers. Schneider put up amazing numbers in the AHL waiting for his shot, and then whenever he got a chance this year he was great. Smart kid, great goalie, none of the mental hangups that Luongo has. If Schneider played the majority of Canucks games, he’d be a Vezina finalist. So long story longer…yeah Schneider can give the Canucks an upgrade…but they will still have to score more than 2 goals a game to win and thats not happening.

  10. Mick
    June 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Good info. Thanks Mayor! Keep up the great blog!

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