At Rogers Arena, Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks has been a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. He's been simply brilliant, outplaying Tim Thomas while getting solid contributions from his defenseman, too. On the road at TD Garden, he's been horrible.
In fact, he's now been pulled twice in the Finals against the Boston Bruins, just as many times as Michael Leighton was pulled by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Finals. For all the talk about Philly's goaltending, well, you understand where things stand with Luongo right now.
After early goals from Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi beat Luongo, Andrew Ference beat the Canucks goaltender on the power play, and not even ten minutes into the first period, Luongo's night was over.
Of course, there's still blood seeping out of the Canucks. On the first shot against backup goaltender Cory Schneider, a Boston native, Michael Ryder beat him to make the score 4-0. There's still a whole lot of time left in the game (50 minutes, in fact), but we're already getting ready for Game 7. Just absolute domination from the Bruins. Even Doc Emrick is getting in on the fun, saying "if you weren't here on time tonight, make sure you're here early next time."
It's incredible what a change in rink will do for a team, huh? And that goes in both directions -- the energy it gives the Bruins and the confidence it rips away from the Canucks.
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