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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It turns out Bruins goalie Tim Thomas wasn’t done facing shots from the Canucks even when Game 5 was over Friday night.
His counterpart Roberto Luongo threw one Thomas’ way in the postgame news conference when asked for his perspective as a goalie on Maxim Lapierre's goal that originated from a backdoor play from the end boards. Specifically, Luongo was asked how hard it is to defend against those plays.
“It's not hard if you're playing in the paint,” Luongo said. “It's an easy save for me, but if you're wandering out and aggressive like he does, that's going to happen. He might make some saves that I won't, but in a case like that, we want to take advantage of a bounce like that and make sure we're in a good position to bury those.”
Thomas is known for his aggressive play, at times wandering out of the net. His unorthodox style has been a topic throughout the Cup finals series.
Gregory Campbell saw 2:17 of power-play time for the Bruins, certainly a surprise in Game 5.
“He's done a pretty good job in front of the net and he certainly is good at tipping and, obviously, screening,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “But, you know, I don't think we're capable of doing much with him in front because we weren't getting the set that we wanted to get in the offensive zone. Had we managed to get control of the puck and move it around and create some shots, he would have been a valuable player up front there where he normally does a good job.”
In contrast, Tyler Seguin played only 12 seconds on the power play. The Bruins’ spring-long struggles with the man advantage continued Friday (they were 0-for-4 in Game 5, three of which came in the first period alone).
“The other night, although we didn't score, we had much better chances than we did tonight,” said Julien. “It wasn't a good night for our whole team, as far as creating good, quality scoring chances. We had some, but the thing, again, that we need to do a lot better is get to that front of the net. ... We need to be a little more aggressive in that area than we were tonight. That's so huge for a hockey club and we need that.”
Roberto Luongo recorded his second shutout of the Cup finals, the first to do so since Chris Osgood in 2008. Luongo is also the first goalie to record a pair of 1-0 victories in the Cup finals since Frank McCool of the 1945 Toronto Maple Leafs.