Roberto Luongo to start Game 5

Updated: June 9, 2011, 10:55 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER -- Roberto Luongo will be back in the Vancouver goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

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"You can bet on that," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday evening after the team arrived from Boston.

Luongo was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots in a 4-0 Game 4 loss Wednesday night. Overall he gave up 12 goals in both games at Boston.

But Vigneault said his team's struggles in Boston were more than just about one player and dismissed any talk that he would start backup Cory Schneider over Luongo as he did for Game 6 of their first-round series with Chicago.

"Roberto is the guy, he's my guy and he's playing," said Vigneault. "It's that simple."

A confident-sounding Luongo said he was ready to put the last two games behind him.

"You know, it's the Stanley Cup finals, you have to think about the goal here," Luongo said Thursday evening. "Obviously, we lost two games and it's 2-2, and it's two out of three, and we have home-ice advantage. That's the way you look at it. We have a chance to get up 3-2 tomorrow."

Pierre LeBrun covers hockey for ESPN.com.

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