Canucks take 3-2 lead in Final
Hear that loud creaking sound? That's the sound of everyone jumping back on the bandwagon.
The Vancouver Canucks proved that they indeed do deserve to be in the final with a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.
With the win, the Canucks took a 3-2 series lead, something never before done in franchise history, with the pivotal Game six getting going on Monday night.
It wasn't hard to find an MVP for this game. Coming off two poor performances in Boston, goaltender Roberto Luongo found his game in a big, big way and got his fifth career playoff shutout with a miraculous 31 save night.
Luongo was huge, the reason the Canucks won this game. He outplayed Tim Thomas and for most of the night, had perfect rebound control, made smart passes to defencemen, and did not allow any softies to get pass him.
Thomas was good as well, snapping up long shots and being a brick wall. However, just under five minutes into the third period, super pest Maxim Lapierre took a ricochet from the boards and deposited his second of the playoffs past a sprawling Thomas. Thomas gloved the puck literally a second after it crossed the line.
Some questions now need to be answered:
Can Luongo keep it going, will the Sedins or Ryan Kesler get on the scoreboard, and perhaps most importantly, will the Canucks play like they did in Games 3 and 4?
Whatever happens, this is the best Stanley Cup Final in a very long time.