- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2011

Vancouver 1, Boston 0. That’s a Game 5 final.

The Vancouver Canucks are one win away from their first Stanley Cup championship in their 40-year history. Roberto Luongo looked every bit like the goalie nominated for the Vezina Trophy, not the one who was shellacked in Boston and yanked in Game 4. He made a huge pad save with 2:30 left in the game, then turned away another strong shot moments later.

Both shots came off two big faceoff wins for Boston.

Maxim Lapierre’s goal 4:35 into the third stood as the winner. It was the lone mistake from Boston goalie Tim Thomas.

Game 6 is Monday in Boston.

The Bruins cling to the hope that returning to home ice can spark them.

The Canucks need the Game 5 Luongo to show up in Boston, not the Game 3 and 4 version. He had his fourth shutout of the postseason.

Rogers Arena exploded as the final seconds ticked off and Canucks rushed to hug Luongo. If a playoff goalie ever needed a bounce back performance this postseason, Luongo did. He delivered _ and now Vancouver is getting back on a plane.

They want to return with one heck of a carry-on item _ the Stanley Cup.


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.

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