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Luongo on Wings streak: “We were hoping they’d still be undefeated by the time we got there”

Feb 23, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

Even though they’re chasing Detroit for first overall in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks couldn’t help rooting for the Red Wings over the past few weeks.

Why? Because they wanted to be the team to snap Detroit’s NHL-record winning streak at the Joe, according to goalie Roberto Luongo.

“We were hoping they’d still be undefeated by the time we got there, so it’s going to be fun,” Luongo told the Vancouver Province. “I was talking to the guys two or three weeks ago, hoping Detroit would hold on ’til we got there.

“That’s what’s fun about playing the game, challenges like this. As a group, we’re excited about it and we’re going to step up to the plate.”

Vancouver lost its first game at the Joe this year — a 2-0 loss back in October — but boasts the league’s best road record (20-10-2) and played Detroit tough in both games at Rogers Arena. The Canucks won 4-2 on Dec. 21 and lost 4-3 in a shootout on Feb. 2.

Luongo was in net for the two most recent games and was solid, stopping 78 of 83 shots (.939 save percentage) and while he’s fired up for the third installment, he did back off his comments somewhat prior to the game.

“I didn’t say we were going to beat them,” Luongo said, when asked if he thought he’d provided bulletin board material. “I said it was a challenge for us to come here and try to beat them. I mean, I think guys are excited about that.

“I never said we were going to come in here and win. I just said we were excited about the opportunity and that it’s a great challenge for our team to try and do something special.”

  1. govtminion - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    This is one of those ‘put up or shut up’ moments now. If the Canucks can go into Detroit tonight and lose, Luongo looks like an idiot. If they win, he looks like he’s giving his team motivation to win a big game. I’ll be very interested to see how he performs tonight. (Not facing Datsyuk can only help).

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Every game for Luongo is a “put up or shut up” moment – when he has bad game local yahoos will be burning up call in radio shows and message boards that night about how we should trade/waive/publicly flog him, and the next morning you know the seeds will be planted in one of the papers for the latest goalie ‘controversy.’

      So this is no different really.

      As for Lou’s actual comments I really don’t see anything remarkable here (beyond the fact that this is a player who has a long history of saying things people like to claim are regrettable)… everyone in the league likes to play spoiler and for Longo to say that the Wings are a great challenge is hardly bulletin board material – they are.

  2. whatswellydoing - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    He didn’t say or do anything wrong, and echos my sentiments exactly, and yet I’m still surprised no one’s criticized Luongo yet.

    • whatswellydoing - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Hahaha guess I spoke too soon (or posted too slowly).

      • govtminion - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Oh that’s not criticism. I think it’s a bold move on his part- if it works, he’s a hero. If it doesn’t (like with Tim Thomas-taunting last year), he looks like a jackass. It’s 50/50, and I’ll be very interested to see what we’re saying tomorrow about him as a result.

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        He is quoted right in the article “I didn’t say we were going to beat them,” so I don’t see how this is particularly bold – he’s saying he is geared up to play, and unless he gets ventilated out there tonight I don’t see how he’d look bad for saying that.

        But then he didn’t “taunt” Thomas in any meaningful way last year so I am guessing you’re probably more interested in what people have to say about Luongo’s statements than reading the statements themselves.

  3. uscthom78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    It doesn’t matter luuuu….we all know Schneider is playing this game.

  4. michiganhockey11 - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Luongo ought to know better than to say something like that after last year.

    ~cough cough, choke-artist, cough cough~

    He’s just lucky he won’t have to deal with Datsyuk and the “Datsyukian Dangler” in a shootout or breakaway…

  5. ikillchicken - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    “I never said we were going to come in here and win. I just said we were excited about the opportunity and that it’s a great challenge for our team to try and do something special.”

    Huh. Okay. That sounds perfectly reasonable. We can probably just all go on with our days and not ma…no? We’re gonna turn this into a big, idiotic controversy as usual? *sigh*

  6. polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    As a Red Wings Fan… I love it and I like Luongo.

    Wouldn’t have it ANY OTHER WAY. Either you beat one of the best or you lose to one of the best in a high profile situation.

    There’s no downside… except for the Canucks afterward. ; )

    Let’s GO RED WINGS!!!

  7. scottybcboy - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Luongo is an absolute stud. Hasn’t lost back to back games in regulation all year. Can’t believe what a hard time he gets from Van fans. Takes his team to the Final and is labeled a choker, what a joke.

    • kitshky - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Amen brother.

  8. kiopta1 - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Go Helm…Go Wings!

  9. taytay099 - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    That was one of the best games of the year. I think I’ve said that after every Vancouver Detroit game.

  10. dan46778 - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    The last time he talk was about Tim thomas and how did that work out for him?

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