NHL Stanley Cup Finals Analysis: Canucks Starting Luongo in Game 5

| by Off The Record

When you have a goalie that signed a $64 million contact not too long ago, that headline will tell you that something has gone very, very wrong. How many goalies would you take over the Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo? Exactly, not many. So the idea that you’d consider not starting him in a crucial Game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Boston Bruins, tells you that something ain’t right.

But yes, it seems that after the last two horrific games, the Canucks are going to stick with Luongo for Game 5. He allowed 12 goals on 58 shots the last two games, but it wasn’t all his fault. His defense in front of him was nothing short of garbage.

“This is not a one-man affair,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “Our whole group can play better and will play better. In the two games in Boston. I liked the way we started the game. For some reason in the second period they’ve been able to come at us and capitalize on some of our mistakes. We’re aware of that, we’re excited about the opportunity in front of us. We’ve playing for the Stanley Cup final, two out of three in this great city with these great fans. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

Regardless of Luongo or no Luongo, the Canucks need to get it together. The last two games they’ve lost a combined 12-1. That ain’t going to get it done.

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