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Sunday, June 12, 2011
Gameday: Vancouver at Boston - Stanley Cup Final, Game Six
For Boston, Claude Julien will give the nod in goal to Tim Thomas, who has played every minute of these playoffs so far. Thomas is having a magnificent postseason, pacing all goaltenders in GAA (2.07) and save percentage (.937) while placing second in both wins with 14 and shutouts with 3. If the Bruins are to extend the series, Thomas will need to be at his best. Boston is led in scoring by center David Krejci, who has 22 points. Those 22 points, eleven of which are goals, lead the postseason in both categories. On the injury front, winger Nathan Horton is out with a severe concussion that he sustained in game four. No lineup changes are likely to be made from the team that played in Vancouver late last week.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault will give the nod in net to Roberto Luongo, coming off his shutout in game five. Bobby Lou has had an up and down postseason, but overall is sixth in both save percentage (.919) and GAA (2.43) in these playoffs. Luongo leads in both shutouts and wins with 4 and 15, respectively, this postseason. He, too, will need to be at his best if Vancouver is to close this out. The Canucks are paced in scoring by their captain Henrik Sedin, who has 21 points, 19 of which are assists. In terms of injuries, both defenseman Aaron Rome (suspension) and winger Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder) are out and will not be back for the rest of the Final. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who is believed to have a ruptured testicle, is with the team in Boston and will skate in the morning; he is, however, considered doubtful (for good reason). It is not known who he would replace in the lineup.
Puck drops for this one 8:15-ish.