* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Bruins and Canucks have combined for a historic level of power-play futility. No Stanley Cup Final has had two less effective power plays in the NHL’s expansion era. Combined, the teams are 4 for 46 on the power play (8.7 percent).
* The Bruins brought the puck into the offensive zone 19 times on their four power plays Friday. They were successful in keeping possession six of eight times they carried the puck into the zone, taking five shots. On all other attempts to gain the zone (pass, dump, shot) they kept possession just 2 of 11 times, and did not get a shot on goal.
* The Canucks were outshot for only the second time in the series Friday, but made the most of their opportunities in the offensive zone. Over 50 percent of Vancouver’s shots were within 30 feet of the net in Game 5, including the game-winning goal by Maxim Lapierre 4:35 into the third period. All but one of the Canucks’ shots were within 30 feet in the game’s final period.
* Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas failed to control six of the 25 Vancouver shots on goal Friday (24.0 percent), including a wrist shot by Lapierre at the 4:27 mark that led to Lapierre’s game-winner eight seconds later.
* As Game 5 wound down, the Bruins were able to generate some of their best scoring chances after reversing their fortune in the faceoff circle. After losing 11 of 16 faceoffs in the offensive zone in the first two periods Friday, Boston dominated the third period in the Vancouver zone, winning 11 of 15 draws, including 10 of the last 11 over the final 16 minutes.