Canucks’ Luongo says he would’ve had Lapierre shot Thomas missed

Thomas/By S. Bradley

VANCOUVER — You can’t accuse Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo of being ignorant of some of the media themes in the Stanley Cup Final.

Seemingly from Game 1 on, there’s been a lot of talk about Tim Thomas playing outside of the Bruins’ crease. Tonight that style might’ve cost the presumptive Vezina Trophy winner, according to Luongo.

Max Lapierre played a Kevin Bieksa shot off the end wall and fired a shot from the goal line off Thomas and in at Rogers Arena for the lone goal in Vancouver’s 1-0 Game 5 victory, which put them up 3-2 in the series heading to Boston for Game 6.

Lapierre said it was a lucky bounce.

“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,” said Luongo of Thomas. “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.”

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault made it sound like there was a mix of luck and skill on the play.

“He does play out, and their Ds do block shots,” said Vigneault. “Sometimes all you have is a short-side shot. I think that’s what Kevin had right there. It took a bounce the right way, right to the other side. Max was able to find the back of the net.”

He found the back of the net, and now the Canucks find themselves one win from the Cup.

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