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Luongo: ‘I wasn’t good enough tonight’

Feb 24, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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Roberto Luongo has been fantastic splitting starts with Cory Schneider this season, but his first regulation loss of 2013 was a dramatic one. He reflected on Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy:

“When you let in that many it’s embarrassing,” Luongo said. “I wasn’t good enough tonight.”

Some wondered why the Vancouver Canucks didn’t decide to pull the 33-year-old netminder considering his struggles (he only faced 28 shots). Plenty of others made a wide array of trade jokes.

(It would be amusing if getting lit up and not getting pulled ends up being his final memory in Vancouver. Think of it like Patrick Roy’s departure from Montreal, minus just about all of the shock value.)

Luongo owned up to his tough night, but how many of the goals were his fault? Judge for yourself by checking out the game highlights:

Luongo walked into Sunday with a .941 save percentage, including a shutout in his last game. This meltdown plummeted that mark all the way down to .916.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Crazy eight…no hoisting an imaginary Cup tonight eh Lou?I thought the score flattered the Canucks frankly…were the Wings not so old and beat up, this might have hit the mid teens. And Canucks’ shut down D redefining the term shut down…too funny! Too easy! Thanks Wings…

    • polegojim - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      The Wings are ramping-up to the effort we THOUGHT they could put out… but had not been.

      Probably a chemistry issue and they’re finding their ‘skates’ as a team. I’m sure the growing pains aren’t over… but they’re gaining some nice confidence.

      TooToo has been a HUGE motivator – THE motivator in my book. The guys skates ALL OUT… ALL THE TIME. He’s showing guys how to play tougher…grittier…a little meaner on the ice.. and the Wings needed that very very much. Brilliant pick-up – keeps opposing forwards looking up.

      Love Cleary in the ‘Holmstrom’ role…more than Mule. Cleary has ‘the edge’ for it and is playing better with that role included.

      I even have to give Ericsson and Kronwall a little more credit – but would still like to see some more harder hits from them both.

      Abdelkader is still on my crap list…two painful turnovers tonight…and his ‘hits’ don’t make up for those. His hits are also categorically… taps… more of a push than a ‘hit’.

      Great Win… had the Canucks off balance all game. Go RED WINGS!

  2. 19to77 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Man, did the Canucks’ D challenge the man in the slot once that whole night? One-timers, one-timers everywhere.

    Luongo looked like he reached full panic mode after the Cleary no-goal. He hits a point where he just starts freezing on shots and making wild grabs with his glove, and he was doing either or both in many of the remaining goals scored.

  3. salmon90 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Loved the U-S-A chant at the end. Always wondered if Americans are as embarrassed when that gets fired up as the rest of the world are for you.

    • apatheticpoetics - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      No, we aren’t. This is hockey, not foreign policy.

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        The USA chant is pretty funny to an outsider, but you know it was inspiring to the Wings players – from Joakim Andersson to Henrik Zetterberg.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Perhaps they were cheering for Ryan Kesler, Keith Ballard or Jordan Schroeder? Maybe they wished David Booth had played or were calling for Cory Schneider to come in to replace Luongo?

  4. hockeyknowledge - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    The wings are beat up, yes, but they’re no longer an old team.
    Their age average dropped to around 28 years.
    Plus the young guys played very well tonight.

  5. blackhawks2010 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Loungo is awful, Canucks need to give this guy away and take what they can in return.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      dude, did you not watch the vid? they hung him out to dry all night.

      • polegojim - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        Wings were buzzing around him all night… and then it got into his head on the last 3.

        That said, I’d take him in goal for my team any night…

        Maybe we should take him… we need a healthy back up… Howard was supposed to have the night off and needs some rests.

  6. orangandblack - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    “I wasn’t good enough tonight.”….understatement

  7. govtminion - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    He was terrible. But to be fair to him, his defense was even worse.

  8. z561 - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Nothing to see here. Luongo is good for a stinker like this once in a blue moon. Still a terrific goalie.

    • polegojim - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I don’t think…the stink… was his in this one though.

  9. pastabelly - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    He must have thought he was in Boston

    • 19to77 - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      That or he heard Chelsea Dagger on the radio on the drive to the rink.

  10. hockeydon10 - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    How many of the goals were his fault?

    The Tootoo goal
    The Kronwall goal
    The first Brunner goal
    The first Andersson goal

    Just four. That first Andersson goal was just brutal. Just inside the blue line, clear line of sight, AHL player…

    • polegojim - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Tootoo goal was off a defenseman – wouldn’t pin that one on him.

      I’d hold him completely responsible for the last 3… after his team fed him to the Winged Wolves all game.

      • hockeydon10 - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Ok. That video above doesn’t go into that detail. I thought Tootoo just fired from the half-wall and got it in. If he had, then it’s a bad play by Luongo. Since it banked off the defender right above the crease, I’ll take that one back.

      • polegojim - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Yes, the video doesn’t really show the redirection off the Canucks Dman skate..

  11. clefty1 - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Brunner has been quite a find. Some of the young GR guys (Tatar, Andersson and Lashoff) that are getting a chance to play are doing a good job and with Bert and Sammy out it looks like they will be around for a bit longer. It would be nice to get Helm back seeing as he adds speed to the Wings lineup.

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