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Your Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 primer

Jun 10, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

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When the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks left Vancouver for Boston in that lengthy flight, it seemed like the Canucks might be primed to take control of the series even though they barely earned their wins. That concept didn’t hold for very long, though, as the Bruins rode the anger and inspiration that came from watching their big goal scorer carted off on a stretcher to turn around this series in a jarringly demonstrative way.

Now the Canucks hope to get their acts back together – and the series lead with it – back in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena. Of course, that venue won’t be a very friendly place to Roberto Luongo if he flops for a third straight game. (If he does start as Alain Vigneault claimed, that is).

Boston @ Vancouver (NBC) – 8 p.m. ET; Series tied 2-2

The only lineup change of note is another shuffling of Vancouver’s defensive sets, as raw rookie Chris Tanev will take Keith Ballard‘s place as Ballard coughed up a disturbing array of turnovers. As much as Luongo is (rightly) blamed for letting in some softies and falling apart, the Canucks’ defense hasn’t exactly been rock solid, either.

The Bruins harnessed the negative energy from being down 2-0 and being without Nathan Horton to crush Vancouver at home, but can they duplicate that success on the road? We’ll see soon enough.

For more on this pivotal Game 5, check out this bevy of PHT content.

  1. cannonblast14 - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Alright im sold. Vancouver is full of divers. Lapierre, Burrows, you should be ashamed. Vancouver fans, dont hate me for saying it, hate the players for doing it. Its one thing to dive and get calls by doing it (which is wrong), but its even another thing to dive and never get a call for doing it and get a call against you.

  2. hockeyisourgame23 - Jun 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    …and Boston is full of dirty, slashing, hacking, viscous animals who somehow are getting away with absolutely everything…..Kesler gets a penalty when Chara runs over Tomas….unfrikkin believable…..

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      never said they werent either. Both teams have slashed and hacked so take that out. Both teams have been dirty and one team has been diving. I didnt agree with that penalty either but that doesnt make them dirty. Looks like Lapierre and Burrows have gotten you to believe the little jabs are really bone breaking. Give me a break…

      • jensen2401 - Jun 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM

        Just curious how you feel about Thomas’ dive in last night’s game? I see that you’ve said that you didn’t agree with the penalty (I’m still shocked that NBC actually showed the replay) but it was Thomas selling the hit that drew it and you’ve spoken out numerous times about diving and how it has soured you on the Canucks. So how do you feel about it when a Bruin does a Louganis?

        Also, Burrows’ “dive” last night after the high-stick drew blood. (Again, not aired on NBC but was discussed briefly on the radio coverage that I listen to rather than Mike Milbury, the Glenn Beck wannabe). What sort of “little jab” does that? It should have been an automatic four minute penalty.

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