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Vancouver Canucks fans nervous for Game 5 of Stanley Cup playoff

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VANCOUVER - There is anxiety in the air in Vancouver as hockey fans gather in the city for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final between the Canucks and Boston Bruins.

Fans were celebrating last Friday after the Canucks won two games in a row, but the series is back in Vancouver tied at two games each after two blowout wins for Boston.

Rayna Watson, 26, has been in the city for several playoff games and says there's definitely a more tense atmosphere for Game 5.

"Everyone's very tense or nervous, they don't know what to feel," she said.

Watson says while she has faith in the team, the last few games have been nerve-racking and it's obvious other fans feel the same.

Jerry Sam, of Chilliwack, B.C., says the home teams seem to be winning and he expects the Canucks to win tonight and the series to go to seven games, ending in Vancouver.

While Sam says it has been an emotional roller coaster for fans, he still has faith the Canucks can take home the Stanley Cup.

"That's how hockey is, it's an emotional game," he says. "After (Nathan) Horton got hurt I think it just rallied the whole Boston team. That's how they got pumped up and they won it."

A late hit from Vancouver's Aaron Rome on Bruin Horton in Game 4 knocked him out of the series with a severe concussion. Rome was suspended for the rest of the series for the shoulder-on-head hit.

Anne — who didn't want her last name used because she's selling T-shirts similar to the Canucks logos — says she's optimistic about the game.

One of her bestsellers Friday night was a T-shirt that read "Ruin the Bruins." Although the shirt with a picture of twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks, was also selling well.

"I'm glad I came, it's a good vibe, everybody's been really, really friendly and even the Boston Bruins fans have been polite," she said.

While she's optimistic they'll win, Anne says she's considering having a T-shirt printed up on Saturday that reads "Don't Panic."

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