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Jannik Hansen spoiled Tim Thomas’ shutout bid, making it 5-1 with 6:07 remaining. Then the frustrated Canucks gave up three goals in less than two minutes.

The eight goals were the most against Luongo, a first-round draft pick in his 11th NHL season, in his 55 playoff games. And in his 727 appearances in both the regular season and playoffs, he’s allowed nine goals once and eight only one other time.

But he wanted to stay in the game to the end.

“I thought at 4-0, going at the beginning of the third with a power play, we might be able to do something. That’s why I kept him in,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. “At 5-1, I asked him what he wanted to do. He said, ‘Don’t even think about taking me out.’”

Vigneault hopes his goalie can regain the form he displayed in the first two games when he gave up just two goals.

Luongo and Thomas are two of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goalie in the regular season. In the first two games of the finals, Thomas had many more difficult shots to stop, and several of the four goals he gave up resulted from mistakes by his teammates.

He was able to rebound from those losses and make 40 saves on Monday night.

Thomas “has been unbelievable,” said Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, the NHL scoring champion this season.

The Bruins have never lost faith in Thomas, even after he wandered from his net to cut down the angle but was beaten by Burrows just 11 seconds into overtime of the Canucks’ 3-2 win in Game 2.

Vancouver, similarly, still has confidence in Luongo.

“Just like Chicago, we had a bad loss and were able to bounce back,” defenseman Sami Salo said. “Not just the goalie. The whole team needs to bounce back. The guys in front of him didn’t play as hard as they should have.”

But the Canucks lead the series and still have home-ice advantage.

“You don’t want to lose 8-1,” Bieksa said. “It’s embarrassing at this time of year, but a loss is a loss. It doesn’t feel good.”