By Brian Willwerth
If the Boston Bruins want to win their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, there’s only one way they can do it: they must win Game 6 at home on Monday night, then travel back to Vancouver and win a decisive Game 7 next Wednesday.
On Friday night in Game 5, Boston suffered its third one-goal loss of the series, a 1-0 shutout against the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Vancouver now leads the series, 3-2.
There was plenty of hard hitting throughout, especially from Vancouver. The goaltending was spectacular on both ends. Tim Thomas was his usual amazing self, while Roberto Luongo showed no effects of giving up 12 goals in the last two games.
The game was a scoreless tie until early in the third period. After Kevin Bieksa’s shot went wide and off the boards, Maxim Lapierre was in the right place to slip one past Thomas for the only goal of the game.
The goal spoiled another brilliant effort in net by Thomas, who stopped the 24 other shots he faced. But he was one-upped by Luongo. The Canucks’ goalie, who was yanked in Game 4, made 31 saves to earn his second shutout of the series.
Game 6 is Monday night at TD Garden. Again, the Bruins must win; otherwise the Canucks will be skating around the Boston ice with the Stanley Cup. The home team has won every game in the series so far. Bruins’ fans hope that trend continues for just one more game.