Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal, the game-winning goal, in the third period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Friday night, and as a result, the Vancouver Canucks can close out the series, the season and win the whole thing in Game 6 on Monday in Boston.
Tim Thomas was darn close to making the save on the play, in which Kevin Bieksa threw the puck off the boards behind the net quickly to Lapierre, who was able to throw it along the goal line on the opposite side of the net before Thomas could recover.
After the game, Thomas' counterpart in blue, Roberto Luongo, said that the play wouldn't have been hard for him.
Reporter: Roberto, can you talk about from a goalie's perspective how difficult it is to play a shot off the endboard?
Luongo: "It's not hard if you're playing in the paint. It's an easy save for me, but if you're wandering out and aggressive like he does, that's going to happen. He might make some saves that I won't, but in a case like that, we want to take advantage of a bounce like that and make sure we're in a good position to bury those."
"It's not hard if you're playing in the paint," he said. Oh, darn. SHOTS FIRED.
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