For those of you wondering if Roberto Luongo would get the chance to help the Canucks finish out the series, he will.
Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault quieted down any talk disgruntled Canucks fans had in relation to Luongo and his game five performance.
Luongo gave up four goals on 12 shots against for a pitiful .666 save percentage before he was pulled for back-up Cory Schneider in the eventual 5-0 game five loss against the Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Some fans pointed to Schneider’s 13 saves on 14 shots performance in relief as reason enough for Luongo to be benched for game six.
That’s not going to happen though. And it shouldn’t happen either. Luongo helped lead the Canucks to 38 wins during the regular season and was named one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.
Just because he had two bad games in a row doesn’t mean you bench him. Luongo has been one of the leaders of this Canucks team and one of its best players. Sure, Luongo has been known to give up some bad goals in big time games but you gotta go with what got you here. And that’s been Luongo.
There’s not going to be any starting goalie controversy in this series and Vigneault was right to come out and stand behind his goalie who did, after all, backstop the Canucks to a 3-0 series lead. Vancouver, more than most NHL cities has fans with a “what have you done for me lately?” attitude and now’s not the time to be questioning Luongo. He’s one of the best three goalies in the NHL and two bad games doesn’t make a bad goalie.
If Luongo’s not worried about his play then neither should fans. About his play, Luongo said he’s just going to, “ keep doing what I’ve been doing all year.” He also said, “I’ve been at the top of my game for the last five months…Obviously you don’t lose something like that in a game or two. For me, nothing changes. The work is going to be there and I’m going to be focused to play the next one.”
Chicago might have the momentum going into game six but the Canucks are the ones with the 3-2 series lead. Let’s not forget that.