Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has been pulled from two of the last three games in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, but coach Alain Vigneault left no doubt Luongo will start Game 7 (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC).
" He knows he's going back in next game. He's going to be real good," said Vigneault. "I don't have to say anything to him. He's a professional. His preparation is beyond reproach and he's going to be ready for Game 7."
Luongo was pulled Monday night after allowing three goals on Boston's first eight shots. He as pulled from Game 4 in the third period after allowing all four goals in a 4-0 Bruins' victory.
Backup Cory Schneider stopped 30 of 32 shots in relief of Luongo on Monday night.
What do you think? Right decision or wrong decision for Vancouver with the Cup on the line in a winner-take-all Game 7? For me, it's the right one. Luongo has obviously been inconsistent, but this is the guy who has been the Canucks' No. 1 goalie all season. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals is not the time to make a switch, although you can be certain Luongo will be on a short leash Wednesday night.