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Bits: Game 5 Recap, Prospecting, and News

Another epic game was played on Friday night by our combatants the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins with the game winner going to possibly the series' biggest heel,  Maxim Lapierre.  The 1-0 shutout puts the Canucks back in the lead 3-2 with a home game remaining if necessary.  At home, Roberto Luongo has been stellar allowing just two goals in the three games with a pair of shutouts.  An interesting stat for the series is that Vancouver has scored just six goals in the series while winning three of the 5 games so far.  Timing is everything.  Roberto got his swagger back and is currently "clutch", but who knows, tomorrow he may be a headcase/enigma/ (insert negative stigma).  Two 1-0 shutouts in a series is nothing to sneeze at.  And the question needs to be asked; would you rather Tim Thomas' consistent play or Luongo's dynamic/erratic play?  In the end I suspect that answer will be "whoever has four wins at the end of this series".

Thus far, the Canucks game winning goals (3) have come from Lapierre, Alexandre Burrows, and Raffi Torres...It always hurts when the guys who get under your skin are firing the daggers.  Who says low scoring games aren't exciting?

If there is one thing I can wish for with this and other rivalry series it would be this; can we please stop using the "hater" tag?  (Also, please go 7, please go 7)

For those who haven't heard it yet, here is the Sedin retort on Mike Milbury calling them "Thelma and Louise" after game four.

Recaps: [Stanley Cup of Chowder] [Nucks Misconduct]

Game Highlights after the jump:



The game itself came with more of the embellishing and ugliness that has permeated this series.  

Video: Burrows, Lapierre Continue Antics - NHL and Hockey Coverage for fans! - NHL Hot Stove

Five Thoughts: Apparently home ice is that important | ProHockeyTalk

Some fun stuff from Pension Plan Puppets:





Isles Links: (Not much today)

NY Islanders 7th Woman: NHL Draft Combine Valuable for Isles GM
7th Woman sits down with Garth Snow to discuss draft strategy and the combine.  Spoiler, Snow does not tip any hand.

The Hockey News: Adam Proteau's Column: Proteau: Reviewing NHL teams through the movies, Pt. 1

de Haan’s sites set on NHL - New York Islanders - News
Islanders prospect Calvin de Haan hopes to impress at training camp enough to make NHL this season



NHL Stuff:

Devils to File for Arbitration With Zach Parise

Prospect/Draft Profiles:

Hockey Prospectus | Top 100 NHL Draft Prospects: 1-5

HW 2011 Prospects: Adam Larsson - Hockey Wilderness

Five players to watch | Strang/Newsday

Sean Couturier: 2011 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile - In Lou We Trust

Sven Bartschi – NHL Draft Profile | The Scouting Report