The game-winning goal off the stick of Maxim Lapierre was a "lucky" break by the admission of the man who scored it. Lapierre was positioned to the right of Tim Thomas when he took a pass off the end boards and flipped it off the backside of Thomas. The puck trickled off of Thomas' pads and dropped over the goal line, providing the margin of victory in Vancouver's 1-0 win in Game 5. 

Maxim Lapierre scored with 15:25 left in the third period to break a scoreless tie and lift the Canucks to a 1-0 win over the Bruins Friday night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Roberto Luongo stopped all 31 shots he faced to record his second 1-0 shutout of the series. The Canucks can win their first Cup in franchise history - and Canada's first since 1993 - on Monday night in Game 6 at TD Garden in Boston. 

Bruins legend Bobby Orr joined The Big Show show Friday afternoon to talk about the Stanley Cup finals.

Orr has enjoyed staying close with the city of Boston since retiring and being a small part of this championship run.

Hockey Night in Canada and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning to preview Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Weekes, a former NHL goalie, spent much of the interview talking about Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas. Regarding the question of whether Luongo should be starting Game 5, Weekes said he supported the decision to go back to Luongo.

VANCOUVER -- The Canucks are just as close to winning the Stanley Cup as the Bruins, but Thursday afternoon at Rogers Arena was a rather gloomy affair for the home team. 



Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday at Rogers Arena that he will not be making a goaltending change prior to Friday's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals. Vezina finalist Roberto Luongo has allowed 12 goals over his last two games (both lopsided Bruins wins), but Vigneault said he will not be turning to Cory Schneider, as he did in the first round after Luongo struggled in Games 4 and 5.

VANCOUVER -- The Bruins have returned to Vancouver having tied the Stanley Cup finals after dropping the series' first two games and winning two at home. Though the 2-0 hole may have seemed insurmountable, the Bruins were able to overcome it for the second time this offseason. With the team still two wins away from their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972, center Patrice Bergeron said now is not the time for the B's to feel accomplished.

Legendary Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque was a guest of Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning. Bourque was asked about the play of Tim Thomas in Wednesday's Game 4 win over the Canucks. Thomas had 38 saves in the 4-0 win and has dramatically outplayed Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"He's so athletic," Bourque said of Thomas. "He makes some saves that you never see other goalies make. He's great to watch." 

Shame on any of us who started doing mental math after Game 2. 



Tim Thomas acknowledged after his 4-0 shutout of the Canucks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday at TD Garden that he had finally reached his boiling point with Bruins nemesis Alex Burrows. 

Thomas was just under two minutes from the shutout when Burrows set up in front of Thomas and jabbed at the butt-end of Thomas' goalie stick as the Canucks were trying to spoil the shutout and score on a power play. TV replays showed Burrows taking a swipe at Thomas' stick and the Bruins goalie retaliated by taking a whack at the back of Burrows' legs.