Boston Bruins hope home crowd heat keeps them alive

Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:25pm EDT
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By Allan Dowd

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Stanley Cup finals has been all about home wins and the Boston Bruins will be looking for an extra boost from their raucous fans to avoid elimination from the NHL championship.

The Vancouver Canucks lead in the best-of-seven series 3-2, but to take the cup in six games they will have to win Monday in Boston where they were blown out of the water in Games 3 and 4 by a total score of 12 to 1.

Vancouver's wins all came at home.

The crowd at Boston's TD Garden appeared to keep the Canucks off-edge mentally, while the Bruins players won the physical battles on the ice as contests that were tight in the first period ended up as lopsided wins.

"Yeah, you know in the first two home games they (the crowd) were unbelievable, and for sure they gave us an extra boost," Boston's backup goaltender Tuukka Rask told reporters on Saturday as the team returned home from Friday's 0-1 loss.

"I can't see any reason they won't be the same way in a Game six," Rask said.

Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa said the Canucks just have to stay focused to keep the crowd distractions at bay and win the cup for the first time in the team's 40 years in the National Hockey League.

"It's going to be a hostile crowd. They're loud there. They're violent. They're everything," Bieksa said.   Continued...