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Luongo stands tall in Canucks’ shootout win vs rival Hawks

Feb 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 1: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save on Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks who is being checked by Alexander Edler #23 of the Canucks during their NHL game at Rogers Arena February 1, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Who knows how many more times goaltender Roberto Luongo will start for Vancouver, but if he keeps playing like this, Canucks GM Mike Gillis might be tempted to take him off the trading block.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault decided to go with Luongo for a third consecutive game as the Canucks faced one of their most heated rivals, the Blackhawks.

Chicago got off to a 6-0-1 start in 2013 while Vancouver’s season has been much more of a mix bag, but Luongo kicked out 27 of 28 shots Friday night to force the contest to a shootout.

That includes this big save by the Canucks netminder late in the third period:

The 33-year-old goaltender then beat Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Nick Leddy one-on-one to provide the Canucks with the extra point.

Luongo now has a 1.46 GAA and .944 save percentage in five games this season.

So…who will start for Vancouver on Monday against Edmonton?

  1. sonofsamiam - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Oh what a tangled web we weave.

    Listen to the bell Gillis, it tolls for thee.

    • ikillchicken - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      Uh…why exactly? I really don’t see any downside here. The Canucks are in no hurry to make a move. And in the mean time, the better Luongo plays the more valuable he’ll eventually be in a trade. If anything this makes Gillis job easier going forward and reaffirms that he was right to hold out for a better deal because Luongo is indeed still a valuable asset. And if Luongo truly reemerges as the team’s starter over the course of the season then there’s nothing to prevent them from trading Schneider instead who is still an extremely valuable asset. This is nothing but a positive for Gillis and the Canucks.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 2, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        Can they trade Luongo if Schneider is struggling?

  2. deezenucks - Feb 2, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Good for Luo, hes earned it. Beating the hawks for the 2 even better.
    Gotta be happy for the guy, looks like he’s having fun again. I think they go with schneids next game tho.

    • bigtganks - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Hawks fans may call him “1uongo” from now on.

  3. freneticgarfieldfan - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    “That includes this big save by the Canucks netminder late in the third period:” – I wouldn’t say that was a big save. The weak shot he let go, and then it was all luck.
    Good win for him though.
    I think Van would be better off in trading Schneider anyways (more in return).

  4. 19to77 - Feb 2, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Schneider’s got many bright years ahead of him, and Luongo’s lights-out against friggin’ everyone right now. I wish I had Mike Gillis’ problems.

  5. charliereno - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    How about we come back down to planet Earth here for a minute. 1) It was a shootout win. Stop stroking him as if he just won a playoff game. 2) Speaking of playoffs……well, we all know what happens to Lu when that time comes around.

  6. desertfan - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    I have been saying for a year- Trade Schneider for BIG win and keep King Louie!!!

  7. desertfan - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    The list of “wanters” is growing- well done Gillis!!

  8. jason9696 - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Canuck fans could be the biggest losers on the planet. Last season they practically wanted to run Luongo out of town. And now that he’s playing so well they want to keep him. Make up your mind idiots.

    • salmon90 - Feb 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Lots of passionate fans = lots of different opinions. Guess what? We didn’t all riot either!

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Welcome to sports, if you didn’t realize that’s how fans are for every team, you’re the idiot

  9. canadabaseball - Feb 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Did no one see Lu’s post game comment I’m paraphrasing ” when I saw there shooting line up I pooped a little bit ” how is that not mentioned on hear

    • kitshky - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      @strombone1 …plenty more where that came from.

  10. dt58 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Good problem to have as a GM. Not a good problem to have as a coach

  11. jpat2424 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Have to say, he did play well(hawks fan). Just don’t know why hawks don’t shoot high on the stick side against him and can’t believe no Hossa or Saad on the shoot out. Sharp was absolutely terrible last night.

  12. bigtganks - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Lu even has stopped 6 of his last 7 penalty shots including those four in the hawks game. Nice!!

  13. dt58 - Feb 2, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Lots of passionate fans = lots of different opinions. Guess what? We didn’t all riot either!

    Destroying your own city = lots of stupid fans

    • kitshky - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Have you been to Vancouver? When you say destroying the city, do you know where the riot actually took place? Do you realize that most Canuck fans (obviously) agree that rioting fans are “stupid fans” ?

      Do you actually have a point?

  14. deezenucks - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    I particularly like how people keep lumping the riot on Canucks fans. Most people charged weren’t even from the actual city of vancouver. No one mentions how the main instigators of the riot were there just for that reason win or lose, or how the real fans and people if vancouver helped to clean up the aftermath. But whatever makes you feel better

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