The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins have been engaging in a different sort of skirmish off the ice: a war of words.
The action on the side has been fast and furious, with Alex Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron and the associated taunts. And now we have Roberto Luongo talking a little trash about his Boston counterpart.
“That’s not hard if you’re playing in the paint,” Luongo said, referring to Maxime Lapierre’s game-winning goal from Game Five. “It’s an easy save for me. But if you’re wandering out and aggressive like he does, it’s going to happen. He might make some saves I won’t, but in cases like that, we want to take advantage of bounces like that and make sure we’re in a good position to bury those.”
“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “Anybody can say what they want. I don’t think Timmy is going to make much of that comment. I think you guys are making more out of it than Timmy will. Either way, his stats, you know, are proof itself. He’s given up six goals in five games [in the series]. The guy that made the comment, I’m not quite sure how many he let in. I think you guys have a good idea, so I don’t think he’s going to lose sleep over that.”
If Thomas comes up with another strong effort to extend the series to a seventh game back in Vancouver, he could very well win the playoff MVP award.
“Obviously [Luongo] is good goalie, we all know that,” Boston forward Chris “Obviously” Kelly said. “It’s unfortunate that he is commenting on another good goalies’ performance. I don’t think Timmy has commented on his style. Obviously, Timmy has been unbelievable for us. We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for him so that’s really all you can say about that. Obviously at this point of the year I don’t think you need extra motivation to get up for the next game.”
Another incident took place when Mike Milbury, Versus analyst, called the Sedin twins “Thelma and Louise.” These sorts of asinine “call a dude a girl’s name” insults are somehow still hip with males who look down on females, of course.
The Sedins responded.
“I think he has to be happy with his career,” said the Canucks’ captain. “He did a great job on Long Island. I’m sure he is happy with that.”
Daniel chimed in as well: “We don’t really worry about those kind of comments. He made a bad comment about us, calling us women. I don’t know how he looks at women. I would be pretty mad if I was a woman.”
One Win Away
The Vancouver Canucks now find themselves one win away from the Stanley Cup, but the Boston Bruins are clearly hoping to ruin the party on Monday.
This is the second time Vancouver’s been in this position in team history. The last time was in 1994 when they lost Game Seven to the New York Rangers.
“It feels better than being two wins away, that’s for sure,” Henrik Sedin said. “It’s going to be good now to get two days in between games here, fly to Boston, and prepare to play the best games of our lives.”
The Canucks are hoping to test Boston goalie Tim Thomas’ weakness for aggressive play when Game Six gets underway on Monday.
“We tried a few times in Boston,” Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said of trying to get in Thomas’ kitchen. “We’ve got a pretty scouting crew that did a good job of giving us some tips on Thomas. He’s a good goalie, so you have to find little ways to cheat and get little advantages, and that was one of them.”
Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was up to par in Game Five, challenging Thomas’ performance with one of his own. It looks like he may have bounced back from a couple of disasters in Boston, but that remains to be seen. With the Canucks one win away from winning it all, they have to be hoping their goalie is ready for it.