Stanley Cup: Boston heads to Vancouver tied 2-2

By DAN GELSTON | June 10, 2011 | 8:14 PM EDT

Vancouver Canucks fans are seen outside of Rogers Arena prior to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, June 10, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

Here it is, Game 5 with Boston and Vancouver tied 2-2 in the Stanley Cup finals. The Canucks couldn't get home fast enough to familiar ice. They had an epic meltdown in Boston and embattled goalie Roberto Luongo took most of the blame.

Luongo allowed a whopping 12 goals in Boston, and there was some doubt that he'd be back in net for Game 5. But he has the Game 5 start and Vancouver can only hope the home ice helps get them back on track. Luongo needs a huge stop or two, or at least a scoreless first period, to earn back some trust.

Consider, Luongo allowed seven goals on the last 23 shots he faced in Boston.

Not good.

For the third consecutive season, the home teams have won the first four games of the Stanley Cup finals. That streak goes away after Game 4. Look at last season when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Cup in Game 6 in Philadelphia.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas looks unbeatable after giving up one goal in two home games. Hard to believe now that a year ago he couldn't get off the bench in the second round when the Bruins coughed up a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers.

Thomas had a shutout in Game 4 and has stopped 141 of 146 shots in four games.

Simply amazing.

Hey, Vancouver had all the momentum going to Boston and look how fast that evaporated. All the pressure is back on the Canucks because no one wants to go back to Boston playing a must-win game.

A strong effort from Luongo would go a long-o way to easing Vancouver's concerns.