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Your Call: Who is under the most pressure in the West Final?

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TSN.ca Staff
5/15/2011 12:12:44 PM
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He looked at himself in the mirror this morning and thought, "More than anyone else, I have to have a big series and lead my team to the Western Conference Championship."

The question for you is, who is he?

Is he Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo?

Considered at times to be the best goalie in the league, Luongo is also the first person people point at when the Canucks struggle. 

Though Luongo proved he can win the big game by capturing a gold medal in net for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, this is the first time he'll backstop Vancouver farther than the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Is he Patrick Marleau?

The Sharks forward came under fire from former NHLer Jeremy Roenick for what he called a 'gutless performance'. 

Marleau responded by scoring what turned out to be the series-winning goal in Game 7 against Detroit Red Wings.

Prior to that however, Marleau has been a part of a team that has struggled to meet lofty expectations by going late into the playoffs.

Is he a they? And are they Daniel and Henrik Sedin?

The Sedins have been lauded for their regular season performances but derided for what they have produced in the post-season. 

Henrik is the reigning league MVP and Daniel is a finalist for the Hart Trophy this season, however neither player has really led the Canucks during any playoffs prior to the current season.        

Is he Joe Thornton

The Sharks' captain is considered to be one of the league's premiere power forwards but since arriving in San Jose via trade in 2005, Thornton has failed to lead his team to the Stanley Cup final. 

During Thornton's time with the Sharks, they have played and lost one Western Conference final and been bounced prior to that four times, including a first round exit in 2009.

There are many other players on both teams that could have been looking in the mirror thinking the pressure is on them to lead their team through this series. 

Ryan Kesler, Dany Heatley, Kevin Bieksa and Dan Boyle will also feel the pressure to perform in this series. 

Our question to you is, which player in the Western Conference final has the most pressure on him to perform?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Roberto Luongo (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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