- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2011

Will this series come down to home ice? The last time the home team won every game was when New Jersey beat Anaheim to win the Stanley Cup.

It’s been pretty amazing at the goal gap in a home vs. road breakdown. The Canucks have outscored Boston 5-2 through two games and 2 1/2 periods in Game 5. The Bruins outscored Vancouver 12-1 at home.

The team that won Game 5 of a tied series has gone on to win the Stanley Cup 71 percent of the time _ 15 of 21 series _ in finals history. Three of the six exceptions have come in the last decade _ the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning and 2001 Colorado Avalanche.


GOAL! There goes the scoreless streak. Maxim Lapierre gives Vancouver a 1-0 lead over the Bruins in the third period. He was positioned in the right spot to knock the puck past Tim Thomas about 5 minutes into the period.

Thomas and Roberto Luongo seemed determined not to let any puck get past them.

Lapierre had an open look and capitalized for his second goal of the playoffs.

Game 6 is Monday in Boston. Vancouver is about 10 minutes away from going there with the series lead.


Whew. First team to one wins? Boston and Vancouver are scoreless going into the third period.

Boston’s Tim Thomas has 18 saves, and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo made 21.

Lots of opportunities, but they just can’t find the back of the net.

Who might break out and score?

Patrice Bergeron has five shots for Boston and Dennis Seidenberg four. Daniel Sedin is tied with three other Vancouver players with three shots.

The big swing and a miss from Tanner Glass could come back to haunt the Canucks.

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