- Associated Press - Monday, June 13, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - Maxim Lapierre scored to make it 5-2 in the final minutes, and the Bruins came right back with Brad Marchand’s breakaway. He didn’t score _ Cory Schneider made a nice save _ but he annoyed the Canucks enough to spark some pushing and shoving.

Just 1:31 left, and Daniel Sedin, Lapierre, Sean Thornton and Marchand are done for the night.

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The fans are shouting “We want the Cup!” It’s in the building, because the league had to be prepared for the Canucks to clinch.

But there wasn’t much suspense after the Bruins scored four times in the first period.

It will surely be on display in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

Someone’s going home with it then.

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Nothing like a 5-on-3 power play to take some of the tension out things.

After Vancouver scored to make it 4-1 _ and hit the post minutes later _ the Canucks might have taken themselves out of the game with back-to-back penalties. Raffi Torres went off for tripping at the 5:23 mark of the third period, and then former Bruin Andrew Alberts joined him 48 seconds later with a cross-check (it was actually much sooner, but the Bruins had some time with the delayed penalty and Tim Thomas off for an extra skater).

David Krejci converted when Mark Recchi passed the puck across the ice, right through the crease. Cory Schneider never had a chance.

It was Recchi’s third assist of the game. At 43, he’s the oldest player in the NHL and one of two Bruins who have won the Stanley Cup before.

It’s now 5-1 Boston, with less than 10 minutes left.

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Buckle up.

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