Bruins looking to win one in Vancouver

by Anthony Travalgia

Canucks expect Luongo to bounce back after back-to-back poor outings

It’s simple, win two before you lose two, and you’ll be dancing with Lord Stanley’s Cup.

With the home team winning in each of the first four games, the best-of-seven series is knotted at two games apiece, and now comes down to a best-of-three series.

With Game 5, and possibly 7 in Vancouver, the Bruins are going to need to win one out west if they are to complete their goal, and win the Stanley Cup.

It’s not easy to win in Vancouver, during the regular season the Canucks went 27-9-5 at Rogers Arena, good enough for the best home record in the NHL. The dominance at home has continued for the Canucks in the postseason. The president trophy winners are tied with the Bruins for the best home record in the playoffs at 9-3.

As good as both teams have been at home, they have both also struggled on the road. The two conference champions have identical road records of 5-5.

It’s no secret to the Bruins that they can’t win the series without a win on the road.

“We know that, because basically now we’re in a best-of-three series with Vancouver having the home-ice advantage. We know that we have to win here, for sure.” said Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

The Bruins are no strangers to picking up road wins in desperate times. After dropping Games 1 and 2 at home to the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round of the playoffs, the Bruins hit the ice in Montreal and evened the series up with back-to-back wins in Games 3 and 4.

There’s no doubt that Rogers Arena will be rocking tonight as Canucks fans hope their team pulls out a victory and earns the chance to clinch the cup in Boston on Monday, but I’ve got a feeling the fans cheers may be on a short leash.

Rogers Arena opened their doors for Canucks fans to come in and cheer on their team during Game 4. With the Bruins dominating the game en route to their 4-0 shutout, the Canucks fans had nothing to cheer about.

Reports said that when Canucks coach Alain Vigneault pulled the plug on Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, and replaced him with Boston College alum Cory Schneider the arena cheered, by far the loudest cheer in the building all game.

If the Bruins come out and score early the crowd could easily turn on their team and really put the pressure on Luongo and the Canucks.

It’s clear the Bruins are in the head of Luongo, and it’s key that the Bruins need to do whatever it takes to stay there.

Posted on June 10, 2011, in NHL Playoffs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great post man. Firstt goal would definitely be huge for either team. For the first time in these playoffs home ice advantage might finally be the factor that pushes a team over the edge. We’ll see but there’s no way you can count the Canucks out at this point for sure. Roberto Luongo needs to come back strong, Kesler and the Sedins need to score, and the defence needs Hamhuis back. I feel like the Canucks are going to come back strong in a home game 5, but I thought they’d come back strong in game 4 so that probably doesn’t mean much. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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