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Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo chased from net in first period of Game 6

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BOSTON - It was a short night for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Luongo was pulled after allowing three quick goals in the first period Monday of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against the Boston Bruins.

Boston won the game 5-2, forcing a Game 7 Wednesday night in Vancouver.

The Bruins chased Luongo at 8:35 after Andrew Ference's power-play goal made the score 3-0. Luongo had previously allowed goals 35 seconds apart by Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic.

Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault made the decision to pull Luongo after he stopped five of eight shots.

"I just felt it was the thing to do at the time," Vigneault said.

Vigneault indicated that Luongo would start Game 7 in Vancouver, where the goaltender has been excellent.

"I haven't talked to him. He knows he's going back in next game. He's going to be real good," Vigneault said.

Luongo said he was ready to move on from his poor performance.

"I've got to believe in myself, right? That's a big component of bouncing back and playing a good game," Luongo said. "So we're going to put what happened tonight behind us as soon as possible and get ready for obviously what is going to be a dream — as far as playing in a Game 7 of a Stanley Cup final."

Backup Cory Schneider replaced Luongo and gave up another goal in short order and the Canucks trailed 4-0 after 20 minutes. Schneider finished the game, stopping 30 of 32 shots.

Boston goaltender Tim Thomas stopped 36 of 38 shots and was named the game's first star.

Luongo and Thomas had done some verbal jostling prior to the game.

After the Canucks won 1-0 in Game 5 Friday, Luongo said he probably could have stopped the winning goal.

"It's not hard if you're playing in the paint, so it's an easy save for me,'' Luongo said. "But if you're wandering out and aggressive like he does, that's going to happen.''

Later, Luongo tried to backtrack a little, but still sent a zinger at Thomas.

"I said also he might make some saves that I don't,'' said Luongo. ''I was just saying, on that particular play, I would have played it different. That's the difference between me and him.

''I have been pumping his tires ever since the series started. I haven't heard one nice thing he had to say about me. That's the way it is.''

Thomas fired back at Luongo.

"I guess I didn't realize my job was to pump up his tires," said Thomas. "I guess I have to apologize for that."

Luongo has allowed just two goals against the Bruins in three games in Vancouver and has two shutouts. But he has given up 15 goals in three games in Boston.

"I'm not going to make any excuses. It just didn't happen for me obviously, all three games (in Boston)," Luongo said.

Both Luongo and Thomas are finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.

The tall, lanky Luongo plays a conventional butterfly style. He uses his size and quick movements to block shots.

The stocky Thomas, nicknamed The Tank, is more unorthodox. He challenges shooters, looks to be out of position, then scrambles back to make saves.

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