Canucks Bounce Back and Retake Series Lead in Game 5

Published on June 10th, 2011

The Vancouver Canucks returned home and won a hard-fought battle in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals narrowly defeating the Boston Bruins 1-0.  The Canucks had been out-scored 12 to 1 in the previous 2 games in Boston and questions had arisen whether the Bruins had solved Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.  Luongo’s response was a 31-save shut-out to give the Canucks a 3 games to 2 series lead.  They now stand one game away from claiming their 1st Stanley Cup ever.

Canucks Maxim Lapierre

Tim Thomas started in net for the Bruins and Luongo for the Canucks. 

The teams skated two pretty even, scoreless periods.  Going into the 3rd period, the Bruins had a 21 shots to 18 edge.  Hated Canucks winger Maxim Lapierre notched the only goal of the game at 4:35 of the 3rd period.  Thomas almost had the save but could not control it and it went off of him and in.  The Bruins fought to tied it but Luongo and the Vancouver defense stood tall in stark contrast to their performance in Boston.  The Canucks just when they seemed down and out have re-emerged and have put themselves in a prime position to win a championship.

Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault on Luongo’s play said, “In Boston a lot of the attention was put on Roberto, but it was the whole group.   This is a team game and our whole group in Boston had two good first periods.   For whatever reason, in the second period, we didn’t play well.   They took advantage of it and they took it to us.   Tonight I thought we had some penalties to kill in the first.  He made some huge saves.    We wanted to make sure we had a better second period.    In the second period, I thought we played real strong and both goaltenders were amazing.   It was a great hockey game.   They weren’t giving up anything.   And the puck got across the line by a couple of inches, that’s the game.”

Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault

The home team has won every game so far in this series.  The Bruins will need to continue that trend on Monday when the Finals reverts back to Boston for Game 6 for their season to continue.

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