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Roberto Luongo’s fourth playoff shutout puts Vancouver one win away from first Stanley Cup

Jun 10, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

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The Canucks needed a statement game after getting blitzed out of Boston in Games 3 and 4 and they got it thanks to Roberto Luongo and Maxim Lapierre. Luongo stopped 31 shots in earning his fourth shutout of the playoffs while Maxim Lapierre scored the games lone goal as Vancouver took Game 5 1-0 over Boston to take a 3-2 series lead.

Lapierre proved to be a pain in the neck all game long for Boston but his goal thanks to a brilliant pass off the boards from Kevin Bieksa was the difference maker for Vancouver.

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The game proved to be a goaltending exhibition and while Tim Thomas played great stopping all but one of the 25 shots he faced, Luongo’s play was steady, strong, and brilliant. While the Boston played “Bruins hockey” in Games 3 and 4, tonight it was all about Vancouver playing “Canucks hockey” as they got solid play from all four lines and great, steady play out of their defensemen all game long.

The biggest star tonight though was Luongo. After being booed by his home fans as they watched at Rogers Arena as their team played on the road in Games 3 and 4, they roared to his support throughout the night as Luongo looked like the guy we saw through most of the playoffs. Earning his second shutout of the series he’s shown that it’s not always all about Tim Thomas in the Stanley Cup finals.

Seeing Luongo bounce back after such miserable starts is more than encouraging for Vancouver as they’ll now look to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup on Monday night in Boston for Game 6. If this Roberto Luongo and this Canucks team shows up that night, they might just pull it off.

Here are the highlights from Game 5:

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Here’s Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa with Darren Pang after the game:

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Maxim Lapierre spoke after the game with Darren Pang talking about his goal and Roberto Luongo:

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Here’s the Game 5 wrap up from the Versus panel:

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  1. bigdaddy44 - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Games 1,2 and 5 were excellent, 1 goal playoff games that could have gone either way. In those games the Bruins played Clode hockey. Stick to the system, keep the game close and hope you get the bounce. It didn’t happen. Games 3 and 4 were emotional, hard hitting games that could be called Bruins hockey. It was inspired by the hit on Horton, not anything to do with Clode, and this team DOMINATED. The eye test proves that this is best option for this Bruins team to beat a superior skilled Canucks team. Why the change in game 5? It was if the whole team decided to turtle and let the Canucks knock the snot out of them, with little response. When the whole team changes the style that was unbelievably successful the prior two games there is one obvious reason for the change. Clode. It’s not the home ice advantage, the rinks are no different. The crowd plays some part in emotion, but the Bruins played a completely different style of hockey last night. Clode showed his true colors when he called out his own players for responding to the bite and the hit on Horton. Clode is Vanilla. It is absolutely true to say that Clode lost control of his team in games 3 and 4, those games weren’t his style. He is the perfect coach for a Jeremy Jacobs owned team. Never try to excel, never stray from the plan or think outside the box. Stick with the system, put fannies in the seats and pray that someday you can get the bounce. It hasn’t worked for the Jacobs yet, and Clode is in danger of continuing the tradition. I pray that the players play 6 and 7 with the same heart and drive that they had in 3 and 4, not play like Roboclodes. That’s what they will need to bring home a Cup.

  2. polegojim - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    How can you say it’s not home ice advantage when both teams have only won… on home ice???

    Good tight game – we’re quickly going to see the level of Boston’s mental toughness, or lack thereof.

    Can they be motivated to play urgent hockey by more than a team mate getting his head taken off?

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