By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
VANCOUVER With the action shifting back to Rogers Arena, Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals took on a familiar tone.
And once again it was a bitter ending for the Bruins.
Boston and Vancouver played nip-and-tuck hockey the entire way, similar to Games 1 and 2. A scoreless tie was finally broken five minutes into the third period when the Canucks got a goal off the stick of Maxim Lapierre, and it was all they would need as they hung on for a 1-0 victory.
The victory gives Vancouver a 3-2 lead in the series, and a chance to eliminate the Bruins on their home ice at TD Garden on Monday night.
The shutout means the Bruins have scored a grand total of two goals in 180:11 against the Canucks at Rogers Arena. They have been shutout twice in three games here.
Kevin Bieksa fired a long shot from the right point that bounced off the end boards to Maxim Lapierre, and the Vancouver rag doll flipped it off Tim Thomas and into the net for the game-winner.
The goal snapped a scoreless streak of over 110 minutes in the Stanley Cup Finals for Thomas. And, seeing as how it decided the game, it highlighted the Bruins' distinct inability to score on the road in this series.
Until that point, both goaltenders had been magnificent. Roberto Luongo responded to all of the critics who felt he might buckle under the pressure after allowing 12 goals in the last two games. He stopped 24 shots and was one save better than a brilliant Thomas.
Bostons best chance to score came in the first period with three power-play chances. During those man advantages, Patrice Bergeron got a tip and a rebound chance right in front of the Vancouver net. Unfortunately for Boston, he couldn't convert on either against Luongo.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.
*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.
*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.
*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.
*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.
*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.
*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.
*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.
*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?
*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.