2011 Stanley Cup Finals: The Atmosphere in Vancouver for Game 5
VANCOUVER - We are less than an hour until the puck drops on the pivotal Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Whoever wins tonight is the in driver's seat for the rest of the series.
Brittle is the best way to describe the atmosphere in Vancouver.
The crowd was loud during the warmup, which is a good sign. But there is an undercurrent of fear and tension that wasn't present in the last home game.
Vancouver has seen their teams collapse before, and after the two games in Boston where the Canucks were outscored 12-1, the fans are waiting for the other shoe to drop and dash their hopes for a franchise first Stanley Cup.
It isn't as bad as the feeling in the city going into Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, but it is close.
If the Canucks can make some big hits or plays early, or in the best case score early, the crowd will be raucous, and the Canucks will feed off it.
I have the feeling that if the Bruins take an early lead and there isn't any push back immediately afterwards by the Canucks, Rogers Arena will be as quiet as a tomb.
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