What does Vigneault do now in goal?

What does Vigneault do now in goal?

Posted by TimS on Mon, 04/25/2011 - 01:33
Where does one start describing all that went on in an unforgettable Game 6 Sunday night at the United Center. In maybe the greatest game in the heated three-year rivalry between the Blackhawks and Canucks, the Hawks forced a Game 7 on Tuesday in Vancouver with their 4-3 win in overtime. Rookie Ben Smith scored the OT winner on a rebound over fallen goalie Roberto Luongo. “He seems to know the right places to go to get rewarded,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said of the gritty Smith, who scored his third goal of the series. The Hawks tied the game 3-3 in the third period on, of all things, a penalty shot goal by Michael Frolik – a call the Canucks considered borderline at best. But the biggest story of the night aside from the Hawks winning was the decision by Canucks coach Alain Vigneault to start rookie goalie Cory Schneider over Luongo. “Sometimes you have to go with your gut,” Vigneault said. In keeping with the high drama of the evening, Luongo did get into the game when Schneider experienced leg cramps following Frolik's goal. What does Vigneault do now for Game 7? Does he go back to Luongo or give Schneider another shot in a game that could mean Vigneault's job should the Canucks lose after having a 3-0 series lead, and after winning the President's Trophy. Can Luongo get past the snub and rally his team? "I put the team ahead of myself,” Luongo said. “He (Schneider) is just as good as I am. It doesn't matter who's in net.” Vigneault refuses to talk about his lineup before games so we might not know until Tuesday night who starts. If Vigneault's gut told him to do it once, he just might come back with Schneider again. The way the Hawks are feeling, maybe Luongo is right and it doesn't matter who's in net.
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