Monday, June 13, 2011

Is Luongo Soft?

In game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo really let his team down by giving up some terrible goals leading to him being replaced by Massachusetts native Corey Schneider. The bigger tragedy for Vancouver fans is that the Canucks were playing exceptionally well and then when the first bad goal went in for Boston, it snowballed and turned into 4 within four minutes and fourteen seconds. This raises the question, "is Roberto Luongo soft?" The answer, we'll find out.

Can you name the goaltender who was in net for team Canada when they brought home the gold medal in 2010? Roberto Luongo. Where was that Olympics held? Vancouver. Luongo has proven that he can win the big game on the big stage. The weight of Canada was on his shoulders, but he also had one of the best assembled teams in Olympic history. History is going to repeat itself when Luongo backstops another heavy favorite in a 'championship or bust' situation in his team's own backyard. There is more pressure on the favorite, especially at home. The fans in attendance will all get more nervous if the game remains close late, and that nervous energy is contagious. It will be up to Luongo to either deal with it or crumble underneath it. If this was 'Night at the Apollo,' the hook would be around Luongo waiting for him to make one mistake and, if he does make one, will yank him off stage right, and hard. This is what Luongo signed up for when he forced his way out of Florida and to Vancouver. We will find out if he is up for the challenge.

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