Stanley Cup Finals: Bruins post Game 5 notebook
Made 24-of-25 saves last night in a losing effort. The Vezina front-runner had his 110:42 shutout streak end at the hands of Maxim Lapierre at 4:35 of the third period. With those 25 shots-against, Thomas surpassed Ron Hextal for second-place with the most shots-against in a single NHL playoff season with 774. Kirk McLean holds the record with 820 (1993-94). Thomas has made 725 saves thus far in the post season, McLean also holds the single-playoff season record with 761.
Through five Stanley Cup Finals games, Thomas has allowed just six goals on 171 shots, has posted a 1.21 goals-against average and a .965 save-percentage.
The Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power play again for the second-straight contest. They are now 3-for-21 (14.3 percent) this series against Vancouver. Aside from their 2-for-4 performance in the 8-1 romp of Game 3, the Bruins are just 1-for-17 (5.9 percent) in the other four games. Patrice Bergeron led the way with five PP shots on goal last night.
Boston was a perfect 3-for-3 again on the penalty kill, now having killed a total of 74-for-88 (84.1 percent) this post season. The B’s have limited the Canucks to just one power play goal on 25 opportunities, after going 17-for-60 on the man-advantage in the three rounds prior.
Goals: Krejci, 11*
Assists: Bergeron, 14
Points: Krejci, 22*
Plus/Minus: Chara, plus-13*
TOI: Seidenberg, 642:31*
TOI/G: Seidenberg, 27:56
Shots: Bergeron, 62
PIM: Ference, 37
Hits: Lucic, 61
Blocked Shots: Seidenberg, 69*
Face-offs: Bergeron, 60.5 percent
* denotes league-leader
Boston set a club record last night for most playoff games played — their 23rd this season — in a single-season (22 GP in 1988)…The Bruins have never been in a Stanley Cup Finals Game 7…Tomas Kaberle played in his 100th career playoff game…David Krejci played in his 50th post seasosn game…Last night was the third shutout in five game this Finals’ series…in three of the last 10 NHL season, the team that lost Game 5 went on to with the Stanley Cup.
Vancouver improved to 11-2 this post season when scoring the game’s first goal…After surrendering 12 goals on 58 shots in the previous two games, Roberto Luongo notched his fourth shutout of the post season…Luongo joins the likes of Patrick Roy, Terry Sawchuk and other greats to have two shutouts in a Stanley Cup Finals series…he is the first goalie since Toronto’s Frank McCool (1945) to have two 1-0 shutouts in the Finals…The Decible Meter read a game-high 119dB twice last night inside the Rogers Arena.