The Vancouver Canucks will go to Boston with a chance to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history -- thanks to their ability to win the close ones.
The Canucks can wrap up their first Cup thanks to Friday night's 1-0 victory against the Boston Bruins. Maxim Lapierre's third-period goal and Roberto Luongo's 31-save performance helped the Canucks bounce back after a pair of blowout losses in Boston and grab a 3-2 lead in the series. All three wins have come in one-goal games at Rogers Arena.
Here are some of the key stats and figures from Game 5:
0 -- Goals scored by the Canucks in the second period of the first five games of the Final. The Canucks, who outscored opponents 84-76 in the second period during the regular season, have been outscored 8-0 in the Final and 21-13 in the playoffs.
1 -- Luongo's uniform number. He's one win away from becoming the first Cup-winning goaltender to wear No. 1 since Philadelphia's Bernie Parent in 1975.
2 -- Goals scored by the Bruins in the three games in Vancouver. Boston was shut out twice and lost 3-2 in overtime in Game 2; in Games 3 and 4, both at home, the Bruins scored 12 times.
3 -- Consecutive years in which the home team has won the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final. In all, home teams are 16-2 in the final in the last three years.
4 -- Shutouts this spring by Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, the most of any goaltender. Two of the four have come in the Final, the first time a goaltender has had multiple shutouts in the Final since Detroit's Chris Osgood in 2008.
5 -- Victories by the Canucks this spring in the seven games in which they've been tied after two periods. That includes a 2-0 mark in the Final -- the Canucks won Games 1 and 5 by scoring the only goal of the game in the third period.
6 -- Shot attempts by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara that were blocked by the Canucks. Chara had nine attempts, but only two actually got to the net -- Vancouver blocked six and he missed on the other.
7 -- Road losses in Game 5 of the Final for the Bruins, who have never won a Game 5 away from Boston. The last time the Bruins won a Game 5 in any Final was 1974, when they beat Philadelphia at home to push the series to six games.
8 -- Times this spring the Bruins have outshot their opponents -- they've now lost five of those games. In contrast, they're 11-4 when the opposition gets more shots.
10 -- Hits by Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler, the most by a player on either team in any game of the series. Edler was a big reason the Canucks outhit the Bruins 47-27, the highest one-team total in the series so far.
11 -- One-goal wins by the Canucks this spring, in 15 games. That includes all three of their victories in the Final and their series-clinching double-OT win against San Jose in the Western Conference Finals. Boston fell to 6-5 in one-goal games this year.
13 -- Games this spring in which Boston's Tim Thomas has faced fewer than 35 shots; he saw 25 in game 5. Thomas is 5-8 in those games -- but 9-1 when facing 35 or more shots.
18 -- Consecutive unsuccessful power plays by the Canucks, who went 0-for-3 in Game 3. Vancouver is now 1-for-25 in the Final after going 17-for-60 in the first three rounds.
22 -- Times that the Stanley Cup Final has been tied 2-2 after four games. The team winning Game 5 has won 15 times -- a good omen for Vancouver. But the Bruins can take heart; three of the six occasions on which a team fell behind 3-2 but won the Cup have come in the last 10 years.
23 -- Playoff games this spring for the Bruins, the most they've ever played in one playoff year. Friday's game broke the previous mark of 22, set during Boston's last run to the Final in 1990.
23 -- Hits by the Canucks in the first period, the most by either team in any period so far in the Final. Vancouver's first-period total nearly matched its total for Game 4, when each team was credited with 27 hits.
66 -- Years since there had been multiple 1-0 shutouts in the Stanley Cup Final. Vancouver's Game 5 win was the Canucks' second 1-0 win in this year's Final; the last time that happened was 1945, when Toronto's Frank McCool had a pair of 1-0 wins -- Detroit's Harry Lumley also had one.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie