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Alain Vigneault on Roberto Luongo starting in Game 5: ‘You can bet on it’

Jun 10, 2011, 5:21 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

To some extent, it feels like we’ve been through this drill before. Roberto Luongo struggles mightily in two straight games after the Vancouver Canucks take hold of a series, prompting media members to debate which Vancouver goalie should start. The feeling was that head coach Alain Vigneault would remain loyal – maybe stubbornly so – by sticking with Luongo rather than his capable backup, Cory Schneider … yet there was the sense that he wasn’t telling the whole truth.

Last time the Canucks were at this fork in the road, it was during their first round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Vigneault seemed to give Luongo the nod to start going into the game. Of course, Vigneault flipped the script when the puck dropped, placing Schneider in net instead.

Naturally, it’s not the same exact situation since the Boston Bruins haven’t drop-kicked the Canucks out of the playoffs for two straight years like Chicago did, but the parallels are meaningful enough. Either way, Vigneault is giving a similar indication that Bobby Lou will be the go-to guy in Game 5 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Here’s what he said during a press conference.

“You can bet on it,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “Roberto is the guy. He’s my guy and he’s playing.”

Of course, it’s probably important to note that misinformation is often used as a weapon during these high stakes finals matches. Could Vigneault have a trick up his sleeves? (He did seem to smirk a bit when he made the announcement, which probably doesn’t mean anything … but still.)

We might not know who Vancouver’s Game 5 starter will be until around game time, but for now, we’ll take Vigneault’s comments on face value. That being said, we’re going to pass on his suggestion to make a wager on that decision.

  1. saverai - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Canucks have to be extremely careful in the game 5 with Boston. If they analyse the past 4 games they will see the Canucks 2 wins appear as fluke either in the end dying few seconds or in the begging few seconds of the overtime. On the other hand Boston’s 2 wins are convincing 8-1 and 4-0. If in the game 5 if Boston scores ahead it may seal the door closed and make it impossible for Canuck’s to score. Therefore with the same experience curve they should decide who starts. In any event I can only wish the best to Canucks.I shall pray for the Canucks to win to night.

  2. patsandsox - Jun 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Great news for the Bruins!

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