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Luongo to start for Canucks

May 1, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

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Apparently Cory Schneider‘s “body” injury isn’t minor after all, as Roberto Luongo will indeed get the start in Vancouver’s goal tonight in the Canucks’ series-opener versus San Jose at Rogers Arena.

And really, did anyone expect anything less from Vancouver’s goaltending soap opera? (Maybe all this drama will sell some tickets.)

“I wasn’t sure what was happening the whole week,” Luongo said this morning (audio). “For me, it’s an opportunity and I’m excited for it.

“I’m just excited to be playing some playoff hockey again.”

Luongo, 34, went 9-6-3 in the shortened season with a .907 save percentage. Saturday, he was between the pipes for a 7-2 loss in Edmonton — which included five late third-period goals in a span of less than four minutes — after which he left the arena without speaking to reporters.

AHL call-up Joe Cannata will back up Luongo tonight.

Related: Canucks-Sharks series preview

  1. elvispocomo - May 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Not really worried, he was in net when the Canucks beat San Jose in 2011 and he’s still a solid goalie. Unless San Jose’s plan is to have Torres take a suspension in the first game by running the goalie (forcing the rookie backup Cannata in net) then it shouldn’t change anything.

  2. imleftcoast - May 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Why was Luongo left in on Saturday night? If Vigneault cannot think 4 days ahead, he shouldn’t be coaching the Canucks. #assclown.

  3. joelwrobinson - May 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Tonight is going to be very ugly for Vancouver.

  4. canucks30 - May 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Good thing they didn’t move him for a couple second round picks eh?

    • kitshky - May 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      Ya, but those 2 picks are what you really need in pressure playoff OT…

    • imleftcoast - May 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      If they had made a deal with Toronto, both teams would probably be in best position right now. After not firing Vigneault, my second biggest issue with Gillis and Nonuts.

  5. kitshky - May 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Soooo interesting…

    I’m not the slightest bit worried about “having” to start Roberto Luongo, but I just honestly can’t make any sense of it all.

    Schneider says he’s healthy, the team laughs and winks about his “injury” all week, Schneider declares himself ready to play after two full practices, the word around the locker room is that it’s a ridiculously minor injury …. and yet he’s not even on the bench.

    I give up, let’s just start the games.

  6. nobandwagoners - May 1, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    It’s the games within the game. I thought Schneider’s “body injury” was something relatively minor but perhaps it wasn’t (isn’t?) so minor after all. Hopefully it’s not a groin issue.

    Regardless, Luongo is still a top goalie and at least now the scribes can’t moan that $5.3m in cap room is just sitting on the bench.

  7. 13datsyuk13 - May 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    This has been my favorite story all year. I only hope Lou gets hot and leads this team on a run. What happens then?!!!

  8. jhuck92 - May 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    7uongo is going to make this a good series. He has alot to prove.

  9. hammerhead5573 - May 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Sir flops alot in net? Love it. He’s really not a bad goalie but very annoying and a whiner.

    • jhuck92 - May 1, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Phoenix isn’t in the playoffs this year.

    • hawkeedawg - May 1, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Did your hammer hit you in the head??

      Louie is anything but whiner! He could have cried to the media all year, did he? NO, not once. He is all class and has a great sense of humour, check out his twitter account @stromebone1

      • govtminion - May 1, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        To be honest, I’ve actually gained a lot of respect for him with the way he’s handled all of this. He’s made it clear that he’s frustrated with the whole situation (his contract ‘sucks’, etc.), but rather than whine, he’s just gone out, played well, and even poked fun at the situation via Twitter and with that video he did with Schneider. I don’t like the guy much (I’m a Bruins fan, I’m not allowed to like him!), but I have a lot more respect for him than I did before this season.

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