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.