BOSTON — The Bruins put Roberto Luongo and the Stanley Cup back on the shelf.
After another home scoring spree against Vancouver's wildly inconsistent goalie Monday night, the Bruins will make one last trip west for the big finish to this dramatic Stanley Cup final.
Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference scored in the first 8:35 to chase Luongo from his second straight game in Boston, and the Bruins emphatically evened the final with a 5-2 victory in Game 6.
The decisive Game 7 is Wednesday night in Vancouver.
The home team hasn't lost, with Vancouver winning three one-goal games and Boston posting three blowout victories.
"I'm proud of the guys," said Bruins wing Mark Recchi, who had three assists. "We had our backs to the wall, we've been resilient all year, and we came out and had a great first period and did what we had to do tonight, and it comes down to Game 7. It's one game now."
Last season's league MVP, Henrik Sedin, scored his first point of the series with a late power-play goal for the Canucks, who flopped in their first attempt to win their first championship. Maxim Lapierre also scored in the third for the Canucks, who will get one last try at a Rogers Arena filled with worried Vancouverites hoping their maddening team can come through.
Tim Thomas made 36 saves for the Bruins, giving up two third-period goals while burnishing his credentials for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
"He's been in his zone through the whole playoffs," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "You can barely count on one hand the bad goals he's given up in the whole playoffs. We all know that teams that have won the Stanley Cup have had unbelievable goaltending. We feel like we've got that."
Thomas has given up just eight goals in six games in a virtuoso performance in the series — but the spotlight in Game 6 was trained squarely on the other net.
Boston set a Cup final record with four goals in 4:14 while chasing Luongo and welcoming his backup, Cory Schneider, with a quick goal from Michael Ryder.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault wasted no time confirming Luongo will start Game 7 in Vancouver.
"I don't have to say anything to him," Vigneault said. "He's a professional. His preparation is beyond reproach, and he's going to be ready for Game 7."
The Bruins are one win from the Original Six franchise's first championship since 1972. Boston has lost its past five trips to the final since, never even forcing a Game 7.
But these Bruins have ample experience in Game 7. They've won two this spring, beating Montreal in the first round and the Lightning in the Eastern Conference final — both at home.
Vancouver probably could tell Game 6 was trouble from the opening shift: Second-line forward Mason Raymond was taken to a hospital with an undisclosed injury after he ran into the boards backward and bent at the waist in a collision with Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk. The Canucks gave no immediate details on his injury or condition.
Luongo immediately appeared shaky when Marchand whistled a shot over his left shoulder just 5½ minutes in. Lucic scored 35 seconds later when his innocent shot trickled through Luongo, and Ference finished the goalie with a power-play score 2:29 after that.
After Sedin finally scored in the opening minute of the third, playoffs scoring leader David Krejci got his 12th goal during a two-man advantage for Boston, with Recchi, 43, picking up his third assist.
Boston forward Nathan Horton, knocked out of the series after getting a concussion in Game 3, attended Game 6 and got a standing ovation when he appeared on the scoreboard in the first period.
First Period—1, Boston, Marchand 9 (Recchi, Seidenberg), 5:31. 2, Boston, Lucic 5 (Peverley, Boychuk), 6:06. 3, Boston, Ference 4 (Ryder, Recchi), 8:35 (pp). 4, Boston, Ryder 8 (Kaberle), 9:45. Penalties—H.Sedin, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), :56; Chara, Bos (interference), :56; Edler, Van (boarding), 7:55; Kesler, Van (holding), 10:31; Vancouver bench, served by Torres (too many men), 17:09.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Bergeron, Bos (goaltender interference), :28; Bergeron, Bos (interference), 12:15; Bergeron, Bos (elbowing), 19:08.
Third Period—5, Vancouver, H.Sedin 3 (D.Sedin, Ehrhoff), :22 (pp). 6, Boston, Krejci 12 (Recchi, Kaberle), 6:59 (pp). 7, Vancouver, Lapierre 3 (D.Sedin, Hansen), 17:34. Penalties—Torres, Van (tripping), 5:23; Alberts, Van (cross-checking), 6:11; Burrows, Van (slashing), 6:59; Bergeron, Bos (cross-checking), 6:59; Recchi, Bos (tripping), 11:32; D.Sedin, Van, misconduct, 18:29; Lapierre, Van, misconduct, 18:29; Thornton, Bos, misconduct, 18:29; Marchand, Bos, minor-misconduct (roughing), 18:29; Seidenberg, Bos (cross-checking), 19:03. Shots on Goal—Vancouver 11-11-16—38. Boston 19-8-13—40. Power-play opportunities—Vancouver 1 of 6; Boston 2 of 5. Goalies—Vancouver, Luongo 15-9-0 (8 shots-5 saves), C.Schneider (8:35 first, 32-30). Boston, Thomas 15-9-0 (38-36). A—17,565 (17,565). T—2:47. Referees—Dan O'Halloran, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen—Jay Sharrers, Jean Morin.