Roberto Luongo struggles in Game 5
Luongo was pulled for the second consecutive game after giving up four goals on 12 shots as the Canucks lost Game 5 of their series to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 on Thursday. Vancouver leads the best-of-seven 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in Chicago.
Luongo and the Canucks have been here before with the high-scoring Hawks. They've been eliminated in each of the two previous postseasons by Chicago, giving up a combined total of 13 goals in the deciding games. Luongo has given up 10 in the last two games and finished neither. Are the Hawks in his head?
"You say what you want, we're going to keep playing our game," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "That's all that matters to us. The way they take it is up to them."
And Luongo is trying to take it in stride.
"When you lose 2-1 in triple overtime or 5-0, in a playoff series, a loss is a loss," he said. "It doesn't matter how you lose. We know what we've got in this locker room. We've done it all year long. We've done it for the first three games of this series. I mean you don't just lose something like that."
If the Hawks are playing the psychological game with Luongo, they're not letting on. They know what they can do and just want to keep doing it. As Toews said, how Luongo takes it is not a concern to them.
"We're not even focused on that," Duncan Keith said. "We did a good job of getting traffic in front of him. What they do and their game is nothing for us to worry about."
Luongo says he won't waver or change. There was no debate from Alain Vigneault. Luongo is the Game 6 starter, despite finishing the last two games on the bench.
"I just keep doing what I've been doing all year," Luongo said. "I've been on top of my game for the last five months. I feel good in what I've been doing and you just make sure you apply that process in the game. Obviously you don't lose something like that in a game or two. For me, nothing changes. I'm going to be focused on the next game."
Having amnesia might help.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.