Updated: September 29, 2011 12:41AM
The comeback has been accomplished before. The Boston Bruins have to remind themselves of that when they try to force another game against the Vancouver Canucks with a victory in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight at TD Garden.
History sides with the Canucks, but perhaps not recent history. Since 2001, three teams have rallied from a 3-2 deficit to take home the Cup after splitting the first four games of the series. The Pittsburgh Penguins were the last to do it in 2009 against the Detroit Red Wings.
“I don’t think there is anybody in that dressing room panicking,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Boston. “We’re focused. We understand the situation.”
As usual, all eyes will be on Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, the favorite for the Conn Smythe trophy as the best player in the playoffs. Thomas said he won’t let Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo’s snide remarks about him be a distraction.
“I did hear about what he said, but I don’t really want to go into that,” Thomas said. “My focus is on what I can do to help my team win going into Game 6. It’s obviously a must-win game, and I think it’s important for our whole team to focus on that game and what we can do on the ice.”
Thomas has allowed six goals in five games, including one total in Games 3 and 4 in Boston. Luongo, who criticized Thomas on Saturday for not complimenting him as the finals progressed, has two 1-0 shutouts. He also allowed 12 goals in the two games in Boston
“I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires,” said Thomas, garnering laughs from the hordes of media. “I guess I have to apologize for that.”