Bruins drop Game 5 to Canucks, 1-0


Bruins drop Game 5 to Canucks, 1-0

By Joe Haggerty 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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What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1


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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.