Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver hopes to hoist the Stanley Cup against a tough Bruins squad tonight. The Bruins are -130 favorites over the Canucks with an over/under goal total set at 5.
fter 13 goals were scored in Boston in games one and two, defense once again made an appearance in the Canucks 1-0 victory in game five. After being outscored 12-1 in Beantown Vancouver regained control of the series with a 3-2 lead heading back east with their first ever Stanley Cup now within reach. Maxim Lapierre was the offensive hero with the game winner and only goal early in the third period. Roberto Luongo who was blitzed in a pair of defeats to the Bruins looked strong and confident stopped all 21 shots to post his postseason high fourth shutout. Boston’s offense was held in check but goalie Tim Thomas continued his spectacular play stopping 24 of 25 shots.
So much for the Bruins having all the momentum after an offensive onslaught that led to back to back victories and a tied series as Luongo once again looked like a Vezina Trophy candidate. His performance negated any momentum the Bruins had and after five games I’m not sure if such a thing exists. After an offensive show in games two and three the Boston attack couldn’t solve Luongo who was pulled in game two and looked shell shocked. He rebounded nicely and appeared to regain the form that spurred the Canucks to a 2-0 series lead. This series has taken on a Jekyll-Hyde look with each team winning at home but through five games we have seen some dramatic swings.
Although Vancouver opened the Stanley Cup finals with a pair of home victories both teams had plenty of shots and opportunities but the games were close with both net minders standing on their heads at times. In fact all three Canucks victories were defensive oriented and both games in Boston were the complete opposite. The one constant through five contests has been the play of Tim Thomas who has lived up to the hype but his counterpart has been both outstanding and vulnerable. The offenses of both teams has been up and down as well with the Canucks really never getting fully untracked at home and nonexistent in Boston.
In contrast the Bruins were explosive at home and rather meek on the road to this point but thus far Boston has controlled a potent Vancouver attack yet trails in the series. I can honestly say this series has been difficult to pinpoint as neither team has carried momentum with them on the road but at the same time I feel the Bruins have played well enough to be leading the series. Having said all this the vast majority are backing Boston and the supposedly best team in hockey is getting great odds which I can’t pass up. I’m taking the Canucks plus the 125.
Vancouver Canucks +125 Boston Bruins