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It’s OK everyone, Luongo’s “gotten used to” being booed

Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

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A quick follow-up on Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who we wrote about this afternoon on PHT. Vancouver’s starting goalie heard a few Bronx cheers last night at Rogers Arena in a 4-0 loss to the Rangers. He didn’t play especially poorly, but the jeers weren’t really about last night’s game. They were about…everything.

Clearly Luongo’s relationship with the fans is on shaky ground. If they were a married couple, they’d be taking separate vacations and telling the kids everything’s going to be fine.

Vancouver reporters were predictably all over the story today, and as a reward for their doggedness they got a great quote out of the man himself. When asked how it felt to be booed on home ice, Luongo replied, “The good thing is it has happened so many times, I’ve gotten used to it.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your Vancouver Canucks. Finished first overall in the regular season. Scored the most goals. Surrendered the fewest. Fell one game short of winning the Stanley Cup. Aaaaaand the starting goalie has grown used to being booed.

That’s not to say the fans are wrong to boo. Nor is it to endorse the booing. It’s more to say…this is a rather bizarre situation, don’t you think?

Some other quotes:

“[Luongo’s] probably harder on himself facing his teammates in the dressing room or the personal pressure he puts on himself to perform than what some minor group of fans might think.” —- Coach Alain Vigneault

“You always want to do good and you want to be liked. I think that’s how everyone is as a person. When you don’t do that, you get down on yourself. And he’s no different than anyone else.” —- Daniel Sedin

“It kind of sucks. For a guy who’s done more for this franchise perhaps than any other goalie in the history of the team, you would think he might get a bit of slack or some more leeway.” —- Cory Schneider

“I think people love pointing the finger in this town when things aren’t going well but it’s part of the business. Everyone’s going to get blamed for losses but unfortunately Louie takes more heat than anyone.” —- Kevin Bieksa

“You can never get used to it. Maybe, you become tolerant, a little bit. That’s all you can really do. He’s taken a lot of heat over the years and he’s had to learn to deal with it. He knows if he wants to play in this market he has to learn to deal with this. It’s part of the territory. He has a microscope on him. There are mistakes made all over the ice. Coaches can hide the easiest from those, then forwards, then the defensemen. For a goalie, there’s really no hiding.” —- Bieksa

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    At least in Toronto we wait until a guy is legit awful every game (good ole Bryan McCabe, he’s the worst Leaf you can play) before we completely turn on him

  2. rainyday56 - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    I think boos are the least of ol’ Lou’s worries. Canucks owners didn’t get rich overpaying for anything. He hasn’t been worth the 6 M per they have been paying him for a while now. They can’t trade him. … how are they going to remedy this?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:31 AM

      Tampa Bay needs a goalie…..

  3. east96st - Oct 20, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Could be worse. He could be Steve Mason. Then he would be booed, winless, and have no future.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      Being Steve Mason is suffering. Hilariously comical suffering. Like, we’re talking the Wile E. Coyote of goaltenders, except every forward on every other team is the Roadrunner.

  4. cshearing - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Luongo did not play poorly?? Canucks outshot the Rangers 40-19, and lost 4-0. Sounds like both goalies were the main determining factors in the game.

    • prolibertate85 - Oct 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      There are a lot of sounds in hockey, but it helps to watch the game too sometimes.
      (no I didnt watch either)

    • ruddigervancity - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      I was at the game, and IMO the boos were warranted. The Rangers scored 4 goals on 10 shots in the third period. That’s a .600 save percentage, no? And it’s not that they scored on four 2-on-1’s….Other than Gaborik’s goal (which was more or less in garbage time anyway) Lu should have stopped them all. The boos resulted from the (likely accurate) assumption of all those in attendance that Schneider probably would have stopped them, and that Lu’s counterpart at the other end Lundquist definitely would have.

      • danphipps01 - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:45 PM

        I watched too. They weren’t exactly great goals. As you say, Schineider probably could’ve stopped them, and it was dramatically juxtaposed with Lundqvist having one of his “King Henrik Invincibility Mode” nights at the other end. Basically, it was bad on its own, but stacked against Lundqvist, it only looked much, much worse. Then you add his apocalyptic postseason performances – I mean, MULTIPLE SEVEN-GOAL GAMES IN THE PLAYOFFS? He blew two games against Chicago, three against Boston… and how did this one end? A 4-0 shutout. I imagine you remember the last time that happened in Vancouver. Pretty big game and all that. All that shit combined is associated with Luongo by the fans, and it’s not particularly unfair. I mean, give credit to his teammates for saying “We all lost this game,” but they got forty shots on New York. It’s not like the forwards were playing a shitty game too here. It was pretty much anyone’s game until Luongo fell over and died in the third.

  5. dipthatchip - Oct 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    coming from the place where ****tards destroyed their own city after losing game 7 last year, the game to game hate/love for Luongo is all too easy to shrug off.

    bottom line- vancouver sucks

    • imleftcoast - Oct 20, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      You suck.

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