We'll skip all the adages and cliches about Game 5s. Tonight is huge, and we'll leave it at that.
However, the longer the Stanley Cup Final series goes without any sort of contribution from Vancouver's Sedin twins begs the question of whether they're due for a breakout, or if the Bruins defense just has their number.Daniel and Henrik Sedin have 39 points between them in the playoffs, but only two against the Bruins, a goal and an assist by Daniel. One factor in their favor is home ice tonight, which, according to the Globe's Amalie Benjamin, will be harder and faster than it was in Boston and thus is better suited to their finesse game.
But even when they've had quality shots (Daniel has taken 16 shots overall, Henrik 2 in the series), Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has denied all but one. The pounding the Bruins have laid on virtually all the Canucks has to be taking its toll as well. Do the Sedins have "happy feet," or is tonight their night? It's a good subplot to Game 5.
Puck drop: 8 p.m. EDT
Records: Canucks 2-2, Bruins 2-2
TV/radio info: NBC -- Ch. 7 (Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, Pierre McGuire), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Officials: Stephen Walkom and Dan O'Rourke, referees; Pierre Racicot and Steve Miller, linesmen
Story lines: The Canucks will stick with Roberto Luongo in goal despite the fact he's given up 12 goals in the last two games. In response to the notion he's now snake-bitten in this series, media in Canada have been quick to point out the big games he's played, especially the gold-medal game of the 2010 Olympics and Game 7 the playoffs vs. the Blackhawks in April. ... The Canucks have lost three games in a row in the playoffs once this season, losing Games 4, 5, and 6 to the Blackhawks in the first round before winning Game 7 2-1. ... Bruins D Tomas Kaberle will play in his 100th career playoff game tonight. ... The Bruins have scored 72 goals in the postseason and allowed 50. The Canucks have 55 goals for and 60 against.