June 15, 2011

It all falls down on Bobby Lu

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

So, with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final – every Canadian kid’s dream scenario – going tonight, there’s only one real question that it all boils down to: Which Roberto Luongo is going to show up?

Will it be the one that has allowed two goals in three games at home during the final, posting two shutouts along the way? Or will it be the one that was pulled twice in Boston, allowing an astounding 15 goals in three games?

Well, the one good thing he has going for him is the fact that this game isn’t in his personal version of the Thunderdome, Boston. It’s in Vancouver, the same place that he helped Canada capture the gold medal in the Olympics 16 months ago.

It does seem like he’s a lot more confident at home, which is a positive if you’re a Canucks fan. But who knows if he’ll melt down? It’s only recent that he has been getting better in pressure situations. Remember, it wasn’t until this season that he shed the label of being a playoff choker.

When you think about, isn’t his entire future on the line right now? What could possibly be scarier than that? Like, what do you do with Luongo if he chokes this game away?

Do you deal him and go with more-than-competent backup Cory Schneider? Do you stick with him and hope he somehow recovers from this mental crushing? That would instantly become the biggest talking point for the league this summer and, competing against NFL and NBA lockout stories, the league could really generate some more momentum.

There’s a lot more on the line tonight than just the Stanley Cup. It’s also the future of the Canucks and of Roberto Luongo and his legacy.

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