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Luongo excels in unexpected start

Apr 11, 2013, 1:20 AM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

After watching Cory Schneider from the bench since March 18, Roberto Luongo finally got a chance to play on Wednesday. He might just get more reps after stopping 40 out of 41 shots as the Vancouver Canucks topped the Calgary Flames 4-1.

This marks Vancouver’s fourth consecutive win, opening up a six-point lead in the Northwest Division (although the Minnesota Wild do hold a game in hand).

Curtis Glencross scored the night’s first goal, but then Luongo and the Canucks took over from there. Daniel Sedin collected his first power-play tally since Jan. 25, Henrik Sedin had two assists and Dan Hamhuis also produced two helpers (extending his personal point streak to five games).

The Canucks have struggled quite a bit this season, but with the Derek Roy trade and Ryan Kesler back, they might just be a dark horse candidate in the West. (Not that this team really slips under the radar.)

  1. canucks30 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Not very many players would show the same resilience and class he has demonstrated in a similar situation

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Apparently the 2011 lynching party and the 2012 flaying in local Vancouver media has been forgotten…?

    As for resilience, yes, as for class…maybe in this an aberrant season, yes?

    Other years, a petulant over-rated diving self-centred poser with an NHL resume cluttered with arrogance unsubstantiated by anything resembling delivery of the goods when it mattered.

    Arrogance: A +
    Humility: D -
    Poetry: F
    Stanley Cups: F

  3. canucks30 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    The fact Roberto Luongo can live through this:

    And still play his heart out for the fans in Vancouver tells you everything you need to know about Roberto as a person

  4. jhunter21 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    @thehighcountrybear

    The irony in you spelling poseur wrong is pretty funny.

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