The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Maxim Lapierre scored the Canucks lone goal after a weird bounce off the boards. Here are my game observations.
Number Five- Bruins Power Play
They got their second power play later on in the first when Henrik Sedin smashed Johnny Boychuk into the boards for interference. This was also an unsuccessful try, as was their third power play late in the first.
Number Four- Maxim Lapierre Goal
This would be higher, but let’s be serious, it was a lucky goal.
The second period was more of the same for both sides, with no luck man up or five-on-five. Things were not as physical, but the Vancouver defense still did a great job stopping the Boston shots.
Number Two- Tyler Seguin
Seguin had no power play time, while a fourth line player in Gregory Campbell did. Not only that, but Seguin played only 9:02 for the entire game. This is one of the reasons Boston was not able to find the back of the goal. Seguin is arguably the Bruins most talented offensive player and he showed it in his limited minutes tonight. He was able to take the puck out of the defensive zone and push it into offensive transition, something no other Boston players were able to do. If the Bruins want to win Monday, they need him to play more.
Number One- Roberto Luongo
“Luongo was not nearly as challenged as he was the previous two games, with only two real spectacular saves. Boston has had trouble getting shots off, and were not making it very difficult for him.”
That’s something I wrote taking my notes in the first period. My opinion changed as the game went on. Luongo made some great saves, especially late in the game. Shawn Thornton had a point blank shot that was saved, but the best of them all was a shot tipped by Seguin that Luongo knocked down with his glove hand.
The series returns to Boston this Monday as the Canucks try to close out the Cup.