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Luongo will start Game 2

May 2, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo

Faced with the possibility of going back to San Jose down 2-0 in their first-round series, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to once again have goalie Roberto Luongo between the pipes Friday at home to the Sharks.

Luongo was brilliant in the first period of last night’s game, but the 34-year-old ended up taking the 3-1 loss as his teammates came up short offensively.

Vancouver’s regular starter, Cory Schneider — also arguably the team’s MVP — didn’t practice today. The Canucks have only said Schneider is “day-to-day” with a “body” injury.

In an effort to stoke the offense, coach Alain Vigneault moved Derek Roy up to the second line today at practice where the play-making center skated with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins as his wingers.

  1. colby7 - May 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Ugh.. Could of given Luo a few more starts down the stretch.

    • kitshky - May 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      I get your point …but he looked tight as sh*t.

  2. imleftcoast - May 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    According to Ed Willes of the Province, Schneider declared himself ready on Monday. I don’t understand what is going, but I’m sick of the drama in lieu of results.

    The guy who’s supposed to be playing, meanwhile, was one of the NHL’s top three goalies over the last six weeks, pronounced himself ready to play on Monday, then was passed over for Game 1.

    Read more:

  3. sjsharks66 - May 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Good! He was not a problem last night and he wont be on Friday.

    • imleftcoast - May 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Schneider would have had that first goal. Luongo might have if he hadn’t been left in for 7 goals on Saturday.

  4. imleftcoast - May 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Raymond was responsible for the second goal. Kassian had a mystery penalty on the first, but he was one of the few bright spots in game 1. Put it in the Vigneault mystery machine: Kassian fourth line, Raymond third line.

    This really is the last year I watch a Canucks team coached by Vigneault. I am completely done.

    • boourns31 - May 3, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      I just created and registered an account after years of reading the ProHockeyTalk blog just to agree with you.

      Please…. after 35+ years of watching this team game in and game out…. please… ditch Vigneault!

  5. dropthepuckeh - May 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    The curse of Luongo in Vancouver is comedy to watch. I can’t believe he is still a story but enjoy the entertainment…..

  6. nobandwagoners - May 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Why not 3 more balanced lines like AV used in mid-season before Higgins got injured? That seemed to be effective.

    Twins w/ Burrows
    Raymond – Kesler – Hansen (have familiarlity and if necessary can be a shutdown line)
    Higgins – Roy – Kassian (Roy and Higgins had good chemistry)
    Weise – Lappiere – whomever (Ebbet if want another centre, Pinnizotto for grit)

  7. sjsharks66 - May 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Ok lets just say schneider stops the first goal. Lets also say that so does lou.

    It would have still been 2-1….canucks would still have lost. Great “what if” though.

  8. canucks30 - May 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I don’t think you’ll see Cory Schneider in this series.

  9. wingsfanatic33 - May 2, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Loungo and the playoffs are like cats and water…they don’t go together

  10. sergeikremlin - May 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Seems to me that the GM and the coach aren’t on the same page, and the coach and the players aren’t on the same page. Vigneault ran Hodgson out of town (boy, he’d look pretty good, and inexpensive as a 3rd line center right now), is showing his favourtism toward Luongo even though Schneider said he’s ready to go and this is supposed to be Schneider’s team and his time, and constantly puts veterans up front over younger guys like Kassian. Can someone explain his love for Andrew Ebbett? The guy is a tiny AHL point-getter and he’s in your bottom six come playoff time? Where’s the gargantuan Sestito in a series like this? The whole team seems to be disconnected from part-to-part, and at the end of the day that falls on Gillis, who has never truly made this his own team. It is still the team Nonis/Burke built apart from a couple of guys like Hamhuis and Garrison.

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