Canucks’ post-Game 5

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June 10, 2011

Max Lapierre
Roberto Luongo

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Game Five

Vancouver – 1
Boston – 0

THE MODERATOR: Questions for the players.

Q. Roberto, yesterday when you spoke to us you sounded pretty confident. Obviously you knew something a lot of people didn’t about your focus and your frame of mind going into today.
ROBERTO LUONGO: It’s not the first time it’s happened, so I know what I need to do to get ready and have my “A” game. I thought we all played well and stepped up our level of play to take it to a new level to win this game. We do whatever it takes and that’s what we need to do if we want to win the last one here.

Q. Max, looked like you were mortally wounded when you had that encounter with Zdeno Chara. I wondered how you were able to carry on after that. Describe the emotion of being one win away from the Stanley Cup.
MAXIM LAPIERRE: I think we know it’s going to be the biggest game of your life in Boston, and Boston is going to be ready. We’re going to have to be ready for a challenge.

Q. Roberto, did you go for a walk on the seawall? Did you do that to get ready for the game?
ROBERTO LUONGO: I did it today. I don’t know if they have any seawalls in Boston, but I’m going to look for that. I put my hoody on and my headphones, and I don’t know if somebody said anything. I can’t hear.
But I just focus on the journey and everything I need to do to be ready for the game and that’s what gets me prepared.

Q. Max, is that a set play, the way you scored your goal? Is it something you guys talked about trying to use the endboard to your advantage?
MAXIM LAPIERRE: Not really. We got lucky, good bounce. It was challenging there for us, right spot at the right time.

Q. Max, can you talk about living in the moment and trying to walk that fine line. You’re trying to play a game with an edge. You’re not trying to take a penalty yet you end up scoring the biggest goal of your career. Talk about the thought process and how you ended up preparing for the game like tonight.
MAXIM LAPIERRE: The main thing is having fun. When you come out and have fun, your game plan, it makes things way easier. This is what the whole team did tonight. We came out confident and played a really good game tonight.

Q. Roberto, can you talk about from a goalie’s perspective how difficult it is to play a shot off the endboard?
ROBERTO LUONGO: It’s not hard if you’re playing in the paint. It’s an easy save for me, but if you’re wandering out and aggressive like he does, that’s going to happen. He might make some saves that I won’t, but in a case like that, we want to take advantage of a bounce like that and make sure we’re in a good position to bury those.

Q. Max, talk about, first of all, the regrouping of the team, the job this team did regrouping from two bad losses in Boston to win this game. You personally picked up at the trade deadline, now you’re the hero of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
MAXIM LAPIERRE: We did it all year, we came back strong after a bad game. But it’s the Stanley Cup final. Nobody said it was going to be easy and we just had to regroup and bounce back and this is what we did tonight.
We were patient with the game plan and we had our break and it was good.

Q. Coming here at the trade deadline, you’re the hero of Game 5 Stanley Cup?
MAXIM LAPIERRE: I just think I’m lucky. I had the chance to come play for this team.

Q. Roberto, just to follow up on Nick’s question, Henrik said for the most part, fans leave you alone when they see you out like that. Was there any interaction with fans today and is that something you do before every start?
ROBERTO LUONGO: No, I don’t do it before every start. Sometimes I need to clear my head and put things in prospective. Usually people don’t bother me. I don’t know if they’re talking or not because I have my headphones on and I can’t hear anything.
So it’s nice for me to be able to do that and focus on what I need to do and don’t have any distractions.

Q. Lou, talk about how you’ve been down this road before, surviving Chicago and making it through that series, did that help you focus and prepare for this game?
ROBERTO LUONGO: Of course. Like I said before, you learn from your experiences. Whether they’re good or bad, you always take something from it and try to use it moving on forward with your life.
Obviously that Chicago series was the perfect example. You know, it’s tough two games and you got to find a way to get it done because obviously, we’re still in it and we still have a great opportunity ahead of us.
It wasn’t time to put your head down or whatever it was. Best of 2-out-of-3, and that’s the way I looked at it. We got a great opportunity here coming Monday night.

Q. How did it feel when the final buzzer went out?
ROBERTO LUONGO: It was not about the shot, it was about the win. I am happy that Max used his skill to put the big goal in and whatever it takes to win. Whether it’s 1-0 or 8-1, a win is a win and a loss is a loss. So right now, we’re up 3-2 and we have a good opportunity come Monday night. That’s what we’re going to focus our attention on starting tomorrow.

Q. Max, can you talk about your line and how far you guys have come. You guys are now going to the big line in the Stanley Cup finals.
MAXIM LAPIERRE: I think we try to keep things simple. We want to put the puck deep and use our forecheck game and be good in our zone and things will come. When you play good defensively, you get your chance on the other side.

Q. Roberto, do you ever wonder how often you got to keep proving yourself, because it seems like no matter what you do, every time you have a bad game, back comes the scrutiny?
ROBERTO LUONGO: The only thing I have to prove things to is myself, my teammates, and my family and friends. That’s who I play for. I play the game because I love it and I want to win the Stanley Cup. So that’s the only motivation I need right now.
I try to block everything else out. Sometimes it’s hard to do in a city like this. You can’t let those things affect you because then they will affect your game.

Q. Roberto, can you just talk about the saves you made on Bergeron on the PK in the first period and the PK coming through as a whole the way it did early in the game?
ROBERTO LUONGO: Seems to be a theme lately, we have to have some big kills in the first period. And when we seem to be, you know, getting out those, it gives a momentum.
I think it was four straight today or something like that. It was huge. Guys blocking shots and everybody was on the same page. When we do that, it’s easier for me to do my job. I don’t have to worry about anything else but the shot. I thought today guys did a great job at making sure there were no second and third chances.

Q. Max, the coach and several of your teammates said after Game 3 that the team was falling into bad habits as far as focus and too much energy after the whistles. Were you guilty of that? Did you feel that your focus was better tonight?
MAXIM LAPIERRE: I think we were just trying to play our game out there. We know we’re a good team when we play whistle-to-whistle, but I don’t have much to say about that. We’re not making a big deal about it in our room.

Q. Who taught you your goal celebration?
MAXIM LAPIERRE: It’s been six months I’m thinking about a goal, so it’s been a long time. I had so many in my head I didn’t know what to do, so just start jumping.

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55 Comments

  1. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    great hard hitting hockey game with great goal-tending

    Go Canucks…(but what bonehead really cares who wins?)

  2. wow everyone is praising (as expected) Luongo after last night’s win!

    “Luongo delivers his statement!”

    “Luongo shuts critics down”

    “Luongo strikes back!”

    “Luongo gave Boston something to think about!”

    Yeah, OK! We get it! Luongo plays well at home, but the fugger just gave up *12 goals* in two previous games! It’s so annoying! Media just loves this carcillo! Let’s wait and see how he plays in Boston. If he can win there, then yes, maybe then it will be time to talk about statements and who strikes who.

  3. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    It looks as though the Rangers’ PP woes are contagious. While it was exciting, in a sense, and quite hard hitting – last night was very sloppy. Maybe the Garden ice was laid down. That puck was jumping all over the place.

  4. iDoodie machetto on

    While he did give up 12, they should have pulled him long before the total reached 8 in game 3. He also happens to have 2 shutouts in the Final.

    Honestly, strange as it sounds, he is the only candidate from Vancouver worthy of the Conn Smythe. I think it should go to Thomas though, win or lose. Of course, Kesler is getting it if Vancouver wins, even though he had one big Nashville series and pretty much bubkis anywhere else.

  5. doodie

    completely disagree with you which i never usually do cause i feel most of the time we are on same page. there is no way at this point kesler gets conn smythe. he has to be playing hurt because he is half the player he was earlier in the playoffs. luongo letting up 12 wont get it. yes he should have been pulled but he told the coach dont take me out. honestly i dont see how any canuck gets it at this moment. thomas in a loss for me would get it.

    1987 hextall
    2003 giguere
    2011 thomas?

  6. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Conn Smythe is for the Playoffs, not just the finals

    The Sedins and Kessler have loads of points this playoff season

    All worthy of consideration as MVP of the playoffs

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    Morning ILB, Carp, and all!!

    I’m not a fan of thomas at all, but I do think he deserves the conn smythe either way!

  8. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 107, holder of 4 LLPs!!) on

    atta boy tony, still fumeless?

  9. Thomas for Conn Smythe…no doot aboot it…

    Eddie, apparently Boston ice is the some of the best in the league. I did notice that the Vancouver ice was terrible last night. Pucks bouncing a lot…always on edge…

    I don’t understand why MSG’s ice can’t be like Boston ice. The ice at MSG is adismal…lol

    —-

    Let’s Go Mavs!!

  10. “…but the fugger just gave up 12 goals in two previous games! It’s so annoying! Media just loves this carcillo!”

    ***

    C3, I think he is an overrated goalie and the Canadian press loves the guy. I am not saying he can’t play well, but he is not that great…It is annoying!

    I don’t even think Luongo is in the top 5 goalies in the league….he deserves no Conn Smythe consideration, IMO. Last night could easily have gone either way. The difference for the Canucks has been the Sedins and Kesler when they are a successful team…

  11. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    I agree Thomas could be considered for the Conn Smythe winner….even if the Bruins lose…but Kessler and the Sedins (probably Henrik) can also be considered if the Canucks win

  12. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    also, if Vancouver wins it on the third 1-0 game, than even Luongo can be considered

  13. billybleedsblue on

    nice one Orr, I just came here for a Crosby update, perfect timing. Was there any report on the flavor of the lip balm?

  14. henrik sedin wth all 2 of his goals for the conn smythe?/ yea i know hes got lots of assits, still both thelma and louis e have been neuterlized by chara.

  15. Carp

    Not sure if my emails are getting through. I sent my post last night but I’m not at the computer to be able to re-send until tomorrow.

  16. Haha!! The name of the horse that won Belmont was named “Ruler on Ice”. Weird name for a horse. Longshot!! It paid $51.50 on a $2 bet to win. Not too shabby!!

  17. who does everybody want at the draft? i want ted nugent hopkins. should we trade blake parlett for the chance to draft number 1??? orr? what are your thoughts?

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  19. The Heterodox Economist on

    Aaaargh, I can’t believe Chris Higgins might win a Stanley Cup before the Rangers do. It ain’t right!

  20. What’s ain’t right about Higgins possibly winning the cup before the Rangers?

    First of all…there will be a lot of teams and players who will win the cup before the Rangers

    Second…its not like Higgins was brought here as “The Guy” who should’ve won us the cup but didn’t and now he’s winning it for ‘Nucks…

    what’s this obsession over Higgins?

  21. 3C,
    I think, this is kind of “dog on hey” jealous syndrome. I liked Higgins – local guy and if nothing else, there was not a lack of efforts. Didn’t work out here…but he is not at fault for the rest of the life. Same with Manny Malhotra. I sincere wish both of them best of luck, which in this case will be on the bottom of SC.

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