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Canucks edge Bruins 1-0, move to brink of NHL title

Maxim Lapierre scored a third-period goal as the Canucks moved to within one win of their first Stanley Cup

Every other scoring tactic had failed over the last three games, so Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa made something up. He deliberately put a shot wide of the net in Game 5, knowing Boston goalie Tim Thomas couldn’t stop himself from reacting to it.

The next moment was a study in hockey geometry. The puck caromed off the boards behind Thomas’ net to the far side, where Maxim Lapierre gratefully banged it into the only sliver of net Thomas couldn’t cover.
That’s how goals are scored against two goalies who look unbeatable.
That’s why the resourceful Canucks are one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time.
Lapierre scored the only goal with 15:25 to play, Roberto Luongo stopped 31 shots in a stirring shutout after getting pulled from his last game, and the Canucks took a 3-2 series lead with a 1-0 victory over the Bruins in Game 5 on Friday night.

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