The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/1/11 — Roberto Luongo
The 2011 Stanly Cup Finals features a battle between two of the three nominees for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s best goaltender during the regular season. As a result, many believe that this will be a tight series where goals will be hard to come by. That was certainly the case during Game One last night, as the only difference between the two goaltenders was that the Bruins’ Tim Thomas was almost unbeatable, while the Canucks Roberto Luongo was actually unbeatable.
Boston peppered Luongo with 36 shots in 60 minutes, but they couldn’t beat him with any of them. Several of those shots came during Bruins power-plays, but even with Zdeno Chara’s big body in front of the net providing the screen, Luongo stood tall and did not allow a single puck to get by him. Tim Thomas was equally impressive for 59 minutes and 40 seconds, before giving up the game-winning goal to the Canucks’ Raffi Torres with only 19 seconds remaining in regulation.
With the 1-0 victory, the Canucks now take an early 1-0 series lead. In order for them to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, and bring the Cup back to Canada for the first time since the Montreal Canadiens won it in 1993, they will need Loungo to be solid between the pipes. He was just that in Game 1, and as a result, he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, June 1, 2011.