Maxim Lapierre scored early in the third period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 1-0 win against the Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Final and a 3-2 advantage in games in the best-of-seven series.
Vancouver can capture its first NHL championship with a win when the series moves to Boston for Game 6 on June 13. If the Bruins win that game at home, the series would move back to Vancouver for a decisive Game 7 on June 15.
After two scoreless periods, Lapierre fired a 10-foot wrist shot past goalie Tim Thomas with 15 minutes, 25 seconds left in the game at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo had 31 saves while Thomas had 24.
Luongo posted his fourth shutout of the playoffs and second of the Stanley Cup finals after giving up 12 goals in less than four periods during two blowout losses in Boston.
“There was something about him before the game,” said Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who set up the only goal. “He just seemed so comfortable, so confident. He was vocal, and usually he’s not a vocal guy. We thought it would be something special.”
The Canucks lost on their previous trips to the series in 1982 and 1994. The Bruins have been beaten five times in the Stanley Cup Final, most recently in 1990, since they collected the last of their five NHL titles in 1972.
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