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ancouver Canucks' Roberto Luongo, left, leaves the game as backup goalie Cory Schneider comes in against the Boston Bruins during the first period.

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Roberto Luongo's teammates are getting tired of answering questions about Roberto Luongo, so you can imagine how tired they are of watching soft goals get past him.

"We've been getting these questions a lot in these playoffs, and he's always bounced back for us," said winger Daniel Sedin.

When pressed on whether the Vancouver Canucks needed a better game from their goaltender, Sedin replied with rare frustration: "You know what, we lose as a team and we win as a team. Enough of blaming goalies, or players."

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On this night, it was hard not to.

Luongo admitted he should have made the save on Brad Marchand's first goal, and that he didn't make enough saves to "weather the storm." He said he was excited, not nervous, heading into the game, but had no explanation for his struggles at Boston's TD Garden.

For Luongo, one of two things happens in Game 7: either he plays another excellent game, and is a major reason why the Canucks win their first Cup; or he gets shelled in a deciding game, circa Chicago in 2010 and 2009, and the questions about his postseason performance linger into 2012.

Some other thoughts and impressions on Game 6...


Jannik Hansen

He was the only Canuck on the plus side of the ledger (plus-1), and he nearly scored a goal in the third period, bouncing a shot off the post. He is the logical candidate to replace Mason Raymond on the second line, and he was one of the few Canucks who avoided the Bruins flu during three games in Boston.

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You wonder if it's going to be a problem in Game 7, because the Bruins play their fourth line and third defence pair more frequently than the Canucks. Vancouver is missing a host of regulars (Mikael Samuelsson, Dan Hamhuis, Aaron Rome and perhaps Mason Raymond) and the needle is on the verge of reading empty.


First goal

They got it again, and improved to 11-1 in these playoffs when taking a 1-0 lead. As per the storyline set in Games 3 and 4, the opening goal opened the floodgates, and several more followed in short order. The Bruins are such a different team when playing with the lead, because they have a lights-out goaltender in Tim Thomas, who exudes confidence and allows them to take chances, knowing that he's there to shut the door. When they're trailing, the Bruins lack of pure goal scorers rears its head.

Mark Recchi

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The 43-year-old finishes with three assists to lead all scorers, in just over 12 minutes of ice-time. He's going back home to B.C. with a chance to win his third Cup.

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Based in Vancouver, Matthew spearheads the Globe's sports coverage in B.C., and spends most of his time with the NHL Canucks and CFL Lions. He has worked for four dailies and TSN since graduating from Carleton University's School of Journalism a decade ago, and has covered the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Grey Cups, the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA Finals. More

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