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Canucks GM on Luongo: “I’m sure he’ll be starting Game 1 of the playoffs”

Apr 4, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Mike Gillis AP

The day after Canucks fans cheered Roberto Luongo getting pulled from a game, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis appeared on local radio and backed his under-fire netminder.

“We have two games left here to play, we have to get through them without injury,” Gillis told TEAM 1040. “If Roberto’s healthy, I’m sure he’ll be starting Game 1 of the playoffs.”

Luongo was yanked from Tuesday’s game against Anaheim after allowing four goals on 15 shots, replaced by Cory Schneider. The Canucks rallied behind Schneider for a 5-4 shootout victory, meaning the backup now has a 10-2-1 record with a 1.42 GAA and .953 save percentage since the All-Star break.

He’ll get one more opportunity to play before ceding the goal to Luongo for the foreseeable future. According to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy, Schneider will start Vancouver’s final road game of the year — Thursday night in Calgary — while Luongo will get the nod in the season finale Saturday against Edmonton, then the postseason opener.

Of note? Today is Luongo’s birthday. Can’t imagine a better way to celebrate it!

  1. davebabychreturns - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Well I for one am shocked.

  2. govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    “Game 2, hell, I have no idea.”

  3. jason9696 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    If I’m Vancouver I would start Luongo in the playoffs because he’s the one they paid all their money to. But one bad game and Schneider would be in there.

    • haterzgonahate - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      take that logical nonsense elsewhere!!

  4. kitshky - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Luongo has had an incredible year in large part to the success of Schneider … obviously. They have a proven formula of 4 on 1 off giving Luongo the rest and push he clearly needs.

    One team has won the Stanley Cup on the West Coast, and they did it with two goaltenders. Even though it flies in the face of traditional logic, it absolutely makes sense to have Schneider play at least a semi regular start in the playoff … and if Lou (and more importantly the team around him) are off, of course pop him in when needed.

    That being said though, this city’s gotta get off the notion that one or two bad game makes Luongo a crap goaltender, realize that when Forwards miss assignment and D allow shooters to angle in for perfect shots (Round 1 against the Hawks last year anyone?) the goaltender is going to look like sh*t and get pulled. It happens on every team with every goaltender.

  5. WeWantTheCup - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    The “fans” that were cheering last night when Our #1 was pulled are complete idiots that know nothing about hockey, as pointed out by Bob Mackenzie on the tsn telecast at intermission. Lou has had an awesome season and this is the thanks he gets from so called “fans”. One goal can be put on Lous broad shoulders the rest were complete breakdowns that would’ve went in unless the net was turned around. CS is a great goalie but also has the easiest job in sports. Absoloutely ZERO pressure, you wanna know what happens when a professional plays with ZERO pressure, see edmonton and toronto during first 20 games every year. I take nothing away from CS but lets be honest, it doesn’t matter if he wins or loses, nobody questions him. Lou on the other hand has to answer to every single goal that goes in whether its his fault or not. how do we know how CS would handle that kind of bulls**t it’s enough to make a sane man go crazy. I have been a canucks fan for 30 years and now can finally see why the rest of the country makes fun of canucks fans. Those are not canuck fans, they are the “bandwagon” fans everyone talks about and I hate the fact that I as a true canuck fan get grouped with these absoloute imbecils. Bobby Lou you are our guy and when we win a cup it will be on your back, and even then these a holes will boo you. Heres to Bobby Lou, the strongest (mentally) to have ever played in this great city.To the fans that cheered when he got pulled, do the real fans a favor and stay home. We don’t want you.

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Yeah, what he said (for the most part) – hence, my handle.

  6. iamanidiotfan - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    They’re tied for first overall with two games left in the season and they boo their starting goalie? Doesn’t make any sense.

  7. loinstache - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    I’m not disagreeing that it was completely uncalled for fans to jeer Luongo – those idiots should have been noticing the miserable defensive support he had. However, Luongo has NOT had a great season. He had a horrendous start that transitioned into excellent play, slid again, come back again and then was punctuated with some poor performances. His numbers have are not bad, but only because the extremes are averaging out. Schneider has been rock solid for all of those low points, even when the team in front of him seems to be sabotaging him.

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