Luongo takes benching in stride

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

CHICAGO - Sitting the starter for Game 6 of a playoff series, the dressing room equivalent of a divorce, is never an easy call, but when you’re talking about a gold medal winning goaltender with 11 years left on his contract and a rookie goalie who’s never started a playoff game before... Wow.

But Roberto Luongo, after losing his starting job to rookie Cory Schneider before Game 6 in Chicago, is ready to put it all behind him if the Canucks decide to go with him in Game 7 Tuesday.

“Me and Schneids were the best goaltending duo in the NHL this season,” said Luongo after Sunday 4-3 OT loss. “He’s just as good as I am, it doesn’t matter who’s in net.”

Luongo came in in an almost impossible spot, stone cold in a 3-3 third period tie after Schneider had to leave the game with cramps after a penalty shot goal

“It’s part of hockey, you have to be ready to come in when things like that happen. They told me to get ready. A few stretches and some jumping jacks and away you go.”

Head coach Alain Vigneault says Schneider will be available for Game 7, but joked with reporters when asked who’ll start.

“If I told you who I was going to play, would you believe me now?”


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