Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal of the game early in the third period and Roberto Luongo stopped all of Boston’s 31 shots as Vancouver won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final 1-0. Luongo had a big bounce back game in earning his fourth shutout of the playoffs. Vancouver will have a chance to win their first Stanley Cup on Monday on the road in Boston.
The Boston Bruins had a golden opportunity to get the first goal of the game as they had three power play chances in the first period. They were mostly ineffective on their power play opportunities and failed to take advantage which came back to haunt them in the end. Boston had a great chance to open the scoring on an odd man rush but Chris Kelly’s shot rang off the cross bar. Vancouver also had a good chance to get the first goal of the game when Mason Raymond was in alone on Thomas, however, Thomas slid over to make the save. Vancouver is outhitting Boston and initiating the contact, what a difference from Game 4. Boston outshot Vancouver 12-6 with the aid of three power plays.
Early in the second period it was all Vancouver and they were outskating and outhitting Boston, forcing Boston into turnovers which resulted in Victor Oreskovich having a point blank shot in front of Thomas, but once again Tim Thomas was there to make the save. Henrik Sedin continues to turn the puck over, and his turnover led to Michael Ryder having a good scoring chance in the slot, however, Luongo makes his first big stop of the second period. Vancouver had two power play chances in the second period, but they were once again held scoreless on the power play. Boston has now killed off the last 17 power play chances for Vancouver. Tanner Glass had a great opportunity to open the scoring when he was left alone to the side of Tim Thomas, but he fanned on the shot, I guess that is why he is known for his physical play and not his scoring ability. The second period ended scoreless with Vancouver outshooting Boston 12-9.
Once again Vancouver carries the play in the third period causing Boston turnovers, Thomas makes big save off Chris Higgins as a result of a turnover by Zedeno Chara. The first and only goal of the game was scored by Maxim Lapierre with just under five minutes into the third period. Lapierre was able to beat Thomas when a point shot from Kevin Bieksa went wide and bounced off the boards and landed on his stick and his shot just barely went into the net. Boston’s best chance to tie the score came off a slap shot from Shawn Thornton, but Luongo was there to make the save. Game 6 is on Monday in Boston as Vancouver will have a chance to win their first title.
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Written by Kevin Kelly