Luongo stinks up the joint, again

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo gets pulled during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston,...

Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo gets pulled during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston, Mass., June 8, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:23 AM ET

BOSTON - You couldn’t tell if the handful of Vancouver Canucks fans sprinkled throughout the raucous TD Garden were “Lou-ing” or booing during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday.

By early in the third period, as Roberto Loungo skated to the Canucks bench after allowing his fourth goal of the game to the Boston Bruins, it was probably the latter.

In the end, there is no denying the facts. Roberto Luongo was not good here in Boston.

It’s a Canucks fan’s worst nightmare.

In just over five periods here, Luongo allowed 12 goals on 58 shots for a smelly .793 save percentage. No wonder the Boston fans were serenading him with chants of “Lou-on-go, Lou-on-go” when he got the hook in Boston’s 4-0 victory.

Now the debate begins.

Who starts Game 5 on Friday night in Vancouver: Luongo or Cory Schneider?

It should be Luongo. Now is not the time to lose faith in your starting goalie. Not when you are still just two wins away from a Stanley Cup.

“Three of the goals against him went off our own sticks,” Schneider said. “What was he supposed to do.

“He’ll be fine.”

Coach Alain Vigneault felt the same way.

“Louie got us this far,” he said. “He’s not about to lose his confidence. And we have confidence in him.”

Six weeks earlier, a similar shaky run by Luongo left Vigneault starting Schneider in Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Luongo came into that game after Schneider got hurt and ended up giving up the winning goal in overtime.

After that, Luongo led his Canucks on an 11-3 run.

Until they came to Boston, that is.

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