Watch The Canucks Move A Win Away From The Stanley Cup, With An Assist From The Boards
June 11 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
The Canucks rebounded from two blowout losses to beat the Bruins 1-0 last night, and move a win away from the Stanley Cup. The Canucks have scored just six goals in five games but find themselves a win away from the title; if they finish Boston off, this series will go down as the 1960 World Series (where the Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27 but lost) of Stanley Cup Finals.
Apparently when you're having trouble scoring, you have to get a little bit creative to get the puck in the net, because last night's only goal came on a bit of an unusual (but no less effective) play. First, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas stopped a shot attempt by Maxim Lapierre, but the Canucks maintained control of the puck, and defenseman Kevin Bieksa took a shot of his own that went well wide.
But that was the point - it went so wide that it was actually a pass. The puck caromed off the board behind the net back to Lapierre, who had a wide-open net after Thomas came too far out for his own good on Bieksa's "shot." Lapierre finished the job, and fans were happy...both in the arena and on the streets. And really, we cannot overstate how many fans were on the streets. Video below - there may be a classic Finals finish in the offing.
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