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So far, they’re just getting away with their meager offensive output because Luongo has been sharp at the biggest moments. Luongo was pulled from Game 4 after giving up 12 goals in just over four periods, but the veteran Olympic gold medal-winner’s shutout in Game 5 proved he has a knack for big games, no matter what his critical fans in Vancouver might think.
“It wasn’t time to put your head down,” Luongo said. “Best of 2-out-of-3, and that’s the way I looked at it. We’ve got a great opportunity here coming Monday night.”
Henrik Sedin, last season’s MVP and NHL points leader, hasn’t scored in the finals, while his brother, Daniel _ this season’s scoring champ and favorite for MVP _ has one goal and one assist. Ryan Kesler, the second-line center who was arguably Vancouver’s best player in the Western Conference playoff race, has just one assist, clearly struggling with an injury that was apparently exacerbated by a hit from Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk in Game 2.
“It’s going to be tight, but if we play the right way, we have a chance,” said Daniel Sedin, who hasn’t scored since Game 2. “We can’t play the way we did in the last two games in Boston. That has to end.”
The Bruins realize they’re in a tight spot, but they’ve been in multiple jams already in the postseason, which started with two home losses to Montreal. Boston has won Game 7 twice already, beating the Canadiens and Tampa Bay _ but both of those were at home.
“We’ve been through this, I don’t know how many times, so it’s not something that’s new to us,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “We’ve had to regroup all year. I don’t think we’re a team that’s done anything the easy way, so in certain ways, it’s not a surprising that we’re here in this situation where we’ve got to bring our team back home and create a Game 7.”
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