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Luongo, O'Brien losing touch with reality

May 8, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

Luongo2.jpgInstead of taking responsibility for his own play in net, Roberto
Luongo is looking instead to change his luck. The playoff beard is gone,
obviously the cause for his troubles in the second round against the
Chicago Blackhawks. The goaltender says he’s “trying to change things up
a bit” as the Canucks hope to stave off elimination in Game 5 against
Chicago.

Shaving off the beard is all well and good, signifying a
fresh start and all that, perhaps the complete disconnect between the
players’ mindsets about their own play and the reality their coach is
seeing that should truly be worrisome.

Shane O’Brien, once praised
for keeping his cool and settling in defensively against the Kings, has
now been at the forefront of his team losing their collective minds at
the wrong time. With their season on the line,
O’Brien makes perhaps the most boneheaded comment of them all:

“We are in a situation where probably nobody thinks we can come back;
the odds are we probably can’t. We are going to give it our best go.”

Now, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt here. I don’t
know what his tone was when he said it, and I certainly don’t know the
exact context of the comment itself. But saying that the odds are that
his team can’t come back isn’t exactly the best statement to make after
his team decided to stop playing hockey and swing and punch like a bunch
of spoiled kids who were pushed down on the playground for the first
time. The Blackhawks have found out exactly what to do to beat
Vancouver, and they’re exploiting that weakness all the way to a series
win

While the rest of his team agrees that they just need to stay out of
the penalty box, O’Brien decided that perhaps the officiating was to
blame, saying that perhaps “that’s our fault for yelling at the refs
during the season.”

His coach knows the reality of the situation however, and I’m sure
that if the Canucks had a better defensive situation available O’Brien
would find his value on this team diminish in a hurry. Alain Vigneault
knows that his team was outplayed in the three losses, and that his team
needs to learn to keep itself out of the box:

“All the penalties we took are penalties we deserved,” he said.
“Officiating has got nothing to do with it.”

After the first round, the Canucks became my favorite to win the
Stanley Cup. I felt that with the offense they possessed, all they
needed was for Roberto Luongo to just manage to be good. Not great, just
good. Instead, he’s looked like someone who’s more interested in
yelling at the officials than stopping the puck and even then it’s a bit
half-hearted. The rest of the team hasn’t shown much more of a heart
themselves, and therein lies the reason that the Cancucks are facing a
3-1 series deficit and what’s likely to be eventual elimination.

If the captain has no heart, why would the rest of the team?

  1. H - May 8, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    I’m amazed that you and the other MSNBC “experts” picked VAN because they beat L.A. What were you thinking?

  2. Laughs 2 Loud - May 8, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    after his team decided to stop playing hockey and swing and punch like a bunch of spoiled kids who were pushed down on the playground for the first time.
    Not the first time we’ve seen this kind of reaction from the Canucks or Luongo. Too many young players? Too many hot heads? Too many who have put themselves on a pedestal? Who knows. But if their coach can’t get them to see the light, they won’t see the Cup.

  3. JDC - May 9, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Mr. Worley, I think you need to take a second to read over your articles before you publish them. You are supposed to be offering an unbiased analysis and you just sound like a “hot head” player who is popping off at the lips.
    Your article has nothing worthwhile written in it, nothing of any substance, and it makes you sound like an immature high school kid.
    You are one of the main reasons that I went from visiting this website multiple times a day, to only coming here once or twice a month. You have zero professionalism and I could not find one intelligent critique within your entire article.
    I think you need to stop trying to be witty and start writing things that are actually relevant to the game of hockey. You sound like a TMZ beat writer.
    Figure it out.

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