Roberto Luongo stopped everything and Maxim Lapierre fired home the game’s only goal, and with that, the Vancouver Canucks are just one win away from their first Stanley Cup. The problem is, the next game is in Boston where Mr. Luongo and company allowed twelve goals in two games.
So once again, it’s never over till it’s over, but at least for now Canucks’ fans can exhale about Luongo. After all, some wondered if he’d even start this big game. No one knew if he’d be good or bad as he’s been quite sieve-like lately. And many worried about Boston’s new found momentum. Now the momentum is back in the hands of Vancouver, and Roberto Luongo is back in everyone’s good books.
If I was a Canucks fan I’d be a little confused about the lack of production from the scorers. The team has managed just six goals in five games. But they lead the series, so what the hell am I talking about?
It must really burn Bruins’ asses to have Maxim Lapierre score the winner. He drives enemy players crazy with his big smile, big mouth, and reluctance to drop the gloves. But he was a force in the third period, and annoying as he is, he’s also a good hockey player.
I don’t know who the Bruins despise more, Lapierre or Alex Burrows, but I’m sure it’s a toss up. And both have been Bruin killers which is funny stuff indeed.
The Cup will be polished and sitting in wait in the bowels of Boston’s TD Garden. Gary Bettman will be there with his speech ready to go. Rioters in Vancouver will be double-checking their smoke bomb inventory. And we can finally get on with building a Cup-winner in Montreal without all this other stuff going on.
Yes, it would be exciting if the Canucks could win it at home, but think of how upset and depressed Bruins’ fans would be to see Vancouver win it in Boston’s barn.
And imagining their disappointment makes me want the Canucks to finish it on Monday even more.