Game Five Plus/Minus: B’s-Canucks

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

The Bruins power play woes continued when they got off just one shot in their first of the game. Their one scoring chance was a good one, when Tomas Kaberle executed a good pass to David Krejci at the side of the net, but traffic in front denied a perfect deflection.

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.

With 15:25 left in the third period, Maxim Lapierre got the Canucks on the board after a funny bounce off the boards. The bounce caught Tim Thomas by surprise as it bounced off him and past the goal line.
Number Three- Vancouver Defense
I was highly impressed with the defense the Canucks played all night.
Vancouver played with more fire and physicality to start the game, and Boston looked taken aback by this. Even the Sedin’s were getting into some hitting action. They seemed to be taking space away from the Bruins, crowding the front of the net and blocking shots. 

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.

 

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