It's game day in Vancouver, as the Canucks return home not with a chance to win the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but instead a desire to simply stop the bleeding after two painful, humiliating losses.
After Game 3's 8-1 loss, the idea was simple for the Canucks. Put it in the rear-view mirror, forget about it, make sure it doesn't happen again. And then, well, it happened again. Not to the same extent, but 4-0 is equally as embarrassing in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Now, it's clear that it wasn't just a one-game anomaly. Really, the Bruins have controlled the entire series despite losing close ones in Games 1 and 2, and once they returned home to TD Garden for Games 3 and 4, they used the extra energy and completely took over.
So in Game 5, it's another chance to stop the bleeding for Vancouver, something they haven't proven they've been able to do. After just the quickest sense of a Boston takeover in the last few games, the Canucks have folded like a house of cards, and there have been no signs to suggest otherwise recently. Home ice can be a powerful motivator, and we'll see just what the Canucks have in store on Friday night.
Because really, if this thing goes back to Boston and the Bruins have a chance to win the Stanley Cup in Game 6, does anybody think it's going to a Game 7? Yeah, didn't think so.
The Stanley Cup Finals are ongoing, as the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins. Stick with this StoryStream for full coverage of Game 5. For coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.