Coach's Call: Stanley Cup finals Game 6

June, 14, 2011
6/14/11
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ESPN's Barry Melrose breaks down the decisions both coaches have to make going into Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Vancouver Canucks: The obvious question for Alain Vigneault is Roberto Luongo. It is a given that Luongo will start, but how long of a leash do you give him? Do you pull him after one early goal? Two goals? Three? I say you win or lose the series with Luongo. He is the face of the franchise, and it is his series. It is the same situation the Canucks were in for Game 5. After two awful games in Boston (Game 3 and 4), Luongo responded with a shutout in Game 5. Now we will see whether he can do it again.

Boston Bruins: Claude Julien has hit all the right buttons in this series. He dealt with the injury to Nathan Horton by putting Rich Peverley on the top line, and Peverley has scored two goals. Julien added Shawn Thornton to the lineup to provide energy, and he has done a lot of good things. And the defensive pairings have worked great. Sometimes doing nothing is the hardest thing. Julien stuck with his team, even after it lost the first two games of the series, and has been rewarded with a chance to play a decisive Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals.

Barry Melrose

NHL studio analyst
Former NHL player and coach Barry Melrose is an NHL studio analyst for ESPN.

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