Best of 7 series tied 3-3
BOS: Marchand (13)
CGY: Monahan (15)
BOS: Bergeron (18)
CGY: Backlund (16)
BOS: Bergeron (24)
CGY: Monahan (28)
BOS: Rask (14-7-1) 2.50 GAA .921 SV% 2 SO
CGY: Rittich (16-6-1) 2.81 GAA .919 SV% 2 SO
Calgary Flames 2 - Boston Bruins 1
2nd: 0:43- Monahan (14) (Gaudreau )
3rd: 15:16- Monahan (15) (Gaudreau , Lindholm )
1st: 18:03- DeBrusk (7) (Carlo , Lindholm )
Here we go. Long story short, the Calgary Flames tied up the Stanley Cup Finals at 3 games apiece, and send the deciding Game 7 to Boston, where the Cup will be awarded.
Game 6 was an intense, tight affair, which remained tied all the way until about 4 minutes remaining in the game. Jake DeBrusk opened the scoring late in the first, hammering a sneaky pass from Brandon Carlo over David Rittich to break the ice. It would be Big Save Dave’s only flaw on the evening.
The game would get back to even early in the second. The Flames top line applied some good pressure early, and Johnny Gaudreau kicked a pass at the side of the net to Sean Monahan in the slot. Monahan took an extra second, and sent his patented wrist shot through Tuukka Rask’s blocker side. With the goal, Monahan retakes the playoff goal scoring lead from Brad Marchand, with his 14th tally.
Monahan ties the game! pic.twitter.com/1CiCZPifxp— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 7, 2020
Tight chances from both sides were turned away by the respective goaltenders, and the game stayed even for almost the next 40 minutes. This included an extended Flames 5-on-3 powerplay in the second.
It would indeed be the Flames MVP up to this point that ended the deadlock. A bad clearing pass from DeBrusk was intercepted by Elias Lindholm at the Bruins’ blueline, who quickly fed it to Gaudreau in the low circle. Gaudreau sauced a perfect pass to a streaking Monahan, who fired another perfect wrist shot under Rask’s glove with just over 4 minutes left in Game 6.
Monahan's 15th of the playoffs puts the Flames up late in the 3rd! pic.twitter.com/PSzjWhHlMv— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) June 7, 2020
Geoff Ward made a questionable decision, leaving the 4th line out on the ice for the full last minute, and despite their best efforts to turn the puck over in the slot, Rittich and the Flames were able to hang on for the narrow victory.
The Flames last Stanley Cup Game 7 was in 2004, in Tampa Bay.
Flame of the Game
Sean Monahan (F): Through 24 games now, Monahan has a league leading 15 goals and 28 points. He’s undoubtedly the leading candidate for the Flames for the Conne Smythe, should Calgary be able to finish the job in Game 7.