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Perhaps the author of this article doesn't realize how good Cory Schneider actually is. He is to the Canucks what Rask is to the Bruins. To go to him for game 6 and give Luongo a break (from injury or the fact he simply hasn't played well against the Hawks for 3 straight playoffs now) is not as big of a "risk" as is being portrayed. In fact, it could be easily argued that had Vigneault stuck with Luongo again in game 6, he would be playing him because of his contract and not playing the goaltender that gave the Canucks the best chance to win. I appreciate good journalism, but this article is not that.
For what it's worth, here are my thoughts... First, I think Luongo is hurt more than the Canucks are letting on. Why else would he not be on the bench during the game? Was he in the dressing room possibly getting treatment on his back? (That's my conspiracy theory). If this is the case, then sitting him in Game 6 gives him at least one more additional day of rest; even more if they had won. If you start Luongo in Game 6 and the Hawks win, then Luongo is done mentally (in my opinion). They are then faced with coming back home for Game 7 with either Schneider, who hasn't played much or Luongo lacking confidence. Look, I know he's a great goalie, but after losing 3 straight to a team that has had his number the past three years - he will not be 100% confident. What backfired for Vancouver is Schneider getting hurt and Luongo giving up the game winner. On the flip side, if Schneider had not been injured and the Canucks won, then Alain can come out and tell the media Luongo was not 100% physically, but will be ready for round 2. And after all that...I really don't care about the Canucks and their goalie situation. After the Hawks went down 0-3 all I wanted was a shot a Game 7...now we have!!
AV just announced Luongo will start Game 7. I could be very wrong, but I'm going with the theory that Luongo was not hurt for Game 6 and was simply benched. Now, taking the fact that he was benched AND THEN gave up the OT goal into account, and you've got one fragile goaltending situation. Heading into Game 7. Problem is, the Canucks played well in front of both of them. Not worried about the goaltenders, personally. I'm worried about the Vancouver attack it laid on the 'Hawks through most of the game.
If this really was that calculated by Vigneault, though, he's pretty bad at that. It's looked to me like a lose-lose for him. If Schneider lost Game 6 (or, as the case may be, got hurt, then Luongo is in when the Canucks lose), then it was a clear mistake which backfired. If Schneider won the game, then he's your guy and you play him until he's cold, right? Then there are some awfully sticky questions about Lu and his contract that have to be answered... I just have a hard time figuring how this could have turned out well for Vigneault. And, on top of all that, showing you opponent how desperate you are -- when is that good?