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Luongo got pulled last night and Canucks fans cheered

Apr 4, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider AP

The Canucks won their seventh in a row last night, battling back to beat Anaheim 5-4 in a shootout. But Vancouver being Vancouver, obviously the only thing everyone’s talking about today is the goaltending. Specifically, the fact Robert Luongo allowed four goals on 15 shots and the crowd at Rogers Arena cheered loudly when he was replaced by Cory Schneider.

From The Province:

In most years, make that in every year before this one, [Luongo's] outing would have been essentially brushed aside. Loose team, with a loose goalie in a (mostly) mean-nothing game.

Who cares? Wake us up when it’s for real.

But this isn’t most years. This is a Vancouver Canucks team with a finite window, whose only real goal is to win it all. This is a Vancouver Canucks team with a backup goalie who started Tuesday with a 9-2-1 record, a 1.50 GAA and a .952 save percentage since the all-star break.

Oh, it’s easy to love the backup. But it’s never been this easy.

Luongo provided the predictable “it is what it is” comment when asked about the crowd’s reaction, adding, “I play with a lot of heart and unfortunately I am as disappointed as everybody else. You just put it behind you and move on.”

Safe to say he heard the crowd’s cheers loud and clear.

Vancouver has two games left before the playoffs. Luongo will get a chance to put last night behind him. And yes, his teammates have his back.

“None of those goals were Lu’s fault,” Henrik Sedin said. “Those were bang-bang plays. Guys were just walking in. It was a tough night for him because we gave up those chances.”

But a lot of Canucks fans have already made up their minds, and they want Schneider.

  1. thearabiangoat - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Been a Luongo protector for the last 3 years but Schneider’s numbers don’t lie, right now he at least deserves a shot in the playoffs if Luongo falters. One thing a lot of fans are forgetting though is that the playoffs are a different animal and Schneider wasn’t exactly lights-out vs Chicago in Game 6 of Round 1 last spring.

  2. googz18 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    As a Canucks fan I am embarrassed every week by other fans. They complain about everything and to treat Luongo who has been an elite goalie in this league for years is disgraceful. I am really hoping for Luongo to stand on his head for this playoffs and see how many fans he has then.

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      It seems that he’s either the hero or the goat there- most loved or most hated depending on his last game. I can’t really think of anyone else in hockey who swings quite that far in both directions almost nightly. Very odd.

      • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Seems they still haven’t forgiven him for last year’s Finals…though personally I blame Burrows and Rome for igniting an INFERNO under the B’s butts.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        I blame Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Christian Ehrhoff, Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Mikael Samuelsson, Mason Raymond and Manny Malhotra for all having the audacity to sustain serious injuries.

  3. leepetertk - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I understand the cheering for Cory Schneider. He has been amazing this year. You could say he has been better than Luongo. But I don’t understand the jeering of Luongo. He has been very good this year. He took the team to game 7 of the Cup finals. He is an Olympic Gold medalist. He is a very good to excellent goaltender.

    If the fans prefer to try Cory Schneider over Luongo in the playoffs, I get it because Schneider has been amazing in limited action. But Luongo does not deserve to be jeered off the ice, particularly on a night where the Canucks defence let him down.

    • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Seriously. Just ask Roloson, who gives up a TON of goals…because his defense is utterly TERRIBLE.

  4. DTF31 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Gragnani is a freaking embarassment of a DEFENCEman.

  5. davebabychreturns - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    What’s to be said at this point.

    Luongo is not going to steal every game where the team in front of him doesn’t show up, and Schneider is a fantastic young goaltender whose flaws are either not exposed in a backup role or are willfully overlooked by the fans and media (his atrocious puckhandling decisions).

    Attempting to make a controversy about the crowd’s reaction in the building last night is the same old hack journalism we’ve come to accept as normal in this town. But I guess there’s not much else to talk about – no updates on injured players, no on ice fireworks lately, just a ho-hum seven game winning streak..

    Will Lou be on a shorter-than-ever leash in these playoffs? I sure hope so. Does it mean anything in particular for his career as a Canuck? Not necessarily – hell, the guy who turned in a Hall-of-Fame-worthy performance in last year’s Finals didn’t even start for his team the previous year’s playoffs.

    • haterzgonahate - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      completely agree.. this is being blown out of proportion as per usual by the media. as Hank Sedin said, Luo was hung out to dry for most of those goals… perhaps the fans were giving him a sympathy cheer rather than a bronx cheer?.. but hey lets jump to the assumption of the latter shall we? that’s what gets attention!

      a goalie change is what it is.. a way to spark a fire under the TEAM!! clearly.. it worked as they won the game in the end.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        *sigh*

        At the end of the day we’re nearly as culpable for it as they are. This kind of muckraking sells papers and draws pageviews.. the guys writing it know this, Brough and Halford know this and re-post it here, you and I know this and now there are 13 comments within about an hour of the ‘story’ appearing here (four of them mine).

  6. drewsylvania - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    The trouble isn’t Luongo getting pulled in a random regular-season game. The problem is his playoff performance. He’s really inconsistent there, and Canucks fans know it.

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      In a lot of those games, Luongo has been scarcely worse than the skaters in front of him. Of course he has been left holding the bag for all of those stinkers but then he can’t go hide on the bench like the 18 skaters can.

      I would say he is certainly apt to get ventilated now and then (regardless of how the team in front of him plays – he does have nights like last night where he is simply not making the tough saves) but it’s not nearly as bad as it looks.

      Many Canucks fans like to absolve the other players by claiming they sag so badly when Lou allows a goal that they can no longer play team defense, but I have a hard time accepting this. So many times it’s been a failure to take away the middle of the ice, a failure to stop odd man rushes, an injury-riddled roster, etc.

      That being said…. I certainly would have no problem seeing the Canucks coaching staff pull Luongo much more quickly – if the Canucks surrender a couple of quick goals and are not battling then just make the switch and see if it sparks the group.. whoever’s fault it is, it’s evident that when a team takes over the game for a stretch and converts a couple of times it’s as likely as not that the Canucks won’t be able to stop the bleeding.

  7. mcmurphy22 - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    As a B’s fan you don’t enjoy agreeing with anyone from Van, but seriously there is a big difference between not making saves and your defense hanging you out to dry. Come playoffs you hope the fans get behind your starting keeper and let the regular season go.

  8. duster1982 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Sultzer has been great for Buffalo on defense…

  9. jason9696 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    I find it really embarrassing how badly some Vancouver Canuck fans treat Roberto Luongo. But these are the same people that trashed Vancouver after they lost the Stanley Cup last year. So it really doesn’t surprise me at all.

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      How long are we going to keep making snarky riot comments? Really, come on. Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Dallas, they’ve all had riots after major sports events. Let’s get past it.

  10. crazemastercraze - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    this almost seems like it may become hockeys version of Drew Bledsoe and Tom Brady, huh?……HUUUUHHHHH????

  11. colby7 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Thats the problem with hockey being as popular as it is in Vancouver, you get a lot of half-fans and bandwagon jumpers.

    Then there is the Vancouver media which feels the need to post headlines like “Schneider to get the start vs flames and leave Luongo fuming” and then go on to state in the article that it was a scheduled start.

    I honostly believe that more optimistic local sports reporting would make a huge difference.

  12. ikillchicken - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    There’s a pretty massive difference between cheering because Schneider is going in and cheering because Luongo got pulled.

  13. geo91 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Patrick Roy could step into a time machine and dress for the Canucks and they’d boo him after his first loss, what a horrible place to be a goalie. I feel bad for the guy (but then look at his contract and don’t).

  14. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Like I commented right after the Kassian / Hodgson trade, the Canucks achilles heal was and is Luongo. Vancouver goes as far as he takes them. And we thank you for Hodgson and Sulzer!

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