Another game at the Gardens, another absolute pounding of Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks. The game is two periods deep and the Stanley Cup is already on Kayak.com looking for a cheap flight back to Vancouver. So, in honour of Luongo’s piss-poor showing tonight, I’m concluding my acclaimed “Luongo Dilemna” trilogy with a debate on the merits of playing or pulling Bobby Lou in game 7.
– Assuming Luongo plays (and doesn’t get pulled) he’ll have been pulled in 2 of 7, and should have been pulled in 3 of 7 games. If the series was only 6 games long he would have been pulled in 50% of the games!
– At the Garden, Luongo has allowed 18 goals and posted a dismal .773 save percentage. (source)
– The three games that the Canucks have won have all been by one goal, so your margin of error is very, very slim here.
– Schneider has been solid in every game he’s played, and that’s coming off the bench cold. Give the kid a chance to warm up and watch him shine.
– The Vancouver players cannot have any confidence in him at this point. This is the third time people are debating whether or not to play him. That has to weigh on you eventually doesn’t it?
– He’s your #1 goalie, if you lose with him, it’s his fault, if you lose with without him, it’s your fault.
– He’s making what, 25 million this year? Schneider gets paid in bus passes.
– Luongo has been hot at home with two shutouts in three games, it’s hard to argue with that.
– The guy is a Vezina finalist and Olympic gold medal winner, he’ll pull it together.
You really have to play him, but my god, if Boston scores first (or within the first ten shots, or gets any goal that could be considered weak) you pull him and pull him fast.
The More you Know….
– Vancouver captain, first line centre and reigning NHL MVP, has a single point in this series. And people give Lebron a hard time.
– Win or lose, Boston will likely end the series with twice as many goals as Vancouver.
– Brad Marchand treating Daniel Sedin’s head like a speedbag is one of the funniest and saddest things I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen Requiem for a Dream.
– Regardless of what happens in game 7, Thomas has virtually locked up the Conn Smythe.
– Ex-Vancouver Canuck captain and current Vezina finalist, Roberto Luongo, has two shutouts and has been pulled twice…all in 6 games.
-The four goals against in four minutes and 14 seconds scored against Luongo in game 6 is a Stanley Cup final record.
See you for Game 7, in the meantime…enjoy this….