Jed Lowrie steps in for Kevin Youkilis as the Red Sox look for their eighth straight win, taking on the Blue Jays and starter Brandon Morrow Saturday afternoon. Youkilis had started 14 straight games. The Sox lineup in the second game of the three-game set at Rogers Centre is as follows:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Jed Lowrie 3B
Carl Crawford LF
Marco Scutaro SS
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
John Lackey P
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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.
"I was actually going backdoor for a tip," Lapierre told Versus in a postgame interview, referring to a pass he was expecting from Kevin Bieksa in front of Thomas. "That was a good play. We got a little lucky but we'll take it."
"The puck got across the line by a couple of inches and that was the difference," added Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault in his postgame press conference.
As for coming out stronger and outhitting the Bruins, 47-27, Lapierre said the Canucks were more in control.
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.
The Bruins held the advantage in scoring chances and shots in the first period, outshooting the Canucks, 12-6. But the Bruins could not capitalize on three power plays in the opening period, and finished 0-for-4 on the night. The Canucks carried the physical play, outhitting the Bruins, 23-13, in the first and 47-27 for the game.
Tim Thomas was spectacular in the first and second periods, and big early in the third, stopping the first 20 shots he faced. But Kevin Bieksa fired a puck off the end boards that came right to...
A pair of returning players played significant roles as the Red Sox claimed their seventh straight victory, this one by a 5-1 count over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Clay Buchholz, who had his start moved back by two days in deference to a cranky back, was dominant. He did not give up a hit in the first three innings, and on the night, he permitted just one run on three hits and two walks to earn his fifth win of the season. He struck out six in lowering his ERA to 3.59.
Meanwhile, Dustin Pedroia -- back in the lineup after an exam on his right knee on Thursday showed no major structural damage to the knee -- went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Adrian Gonzalez drove in a pair of runs, extending his streak of games with at least one run batted in to a career-best seven games.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup on Friday after an exam in Boston on Thursday revealed that the discomfort in his right knee stemmed from a bruinsed kneecap rather than a more significant structural injury. Pedroia told reporters in Toronto that there was some loose cartilage in the knee, but that it was not something that would require surgery.
"I kind of lucked out. It's just a bruise," Pedroia told reporters. "It's been bugging me for a while. So as long as I can continue to play and just deal with it, that's good, I guess."
Manager Terry Francona expressed hope that, with the results of the exam, Pedroia "can relax a little bit more" while reassured that he won't be risking an injury based on how he approaches the game. Entering Friday's contest, Pedroia was hitting .247 with a .361 OBP, .338 slugging mark and .699 OPS in 59 games.
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