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Sharks felt ‘lucky not to play against’ Luongo

May 6, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 05: Goaltender Cory Schneider #35 of the Vancouver Canucks allows a third period goal to Logan Couture (not pictured) of the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Canucks 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Roberto Luongo wasn’t the problem in their first two losses to the San Jose Sharks, but he still replaced him with a now healthy Cory Schneider for Game 3. For that, the San Jose Sharks thank him.

“We felt Lou was playing great,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton told CSN Bay Area after their 5-2 victory on Sunday. “We felt we were lucky not to play against Lou, to be honest.”

Actually, the Sharks did face Luongo on Sunday, but not before they beat Schneider five times on 28 shots. Roberto Luongo came into the game early in the third period and stopped 10 straight shots.

“I felt pretty good until the start of the third period,” Schneider told the Vancouver Sun. “I just didn’t do enough, didn’t keep my team in it, didn’t give them a chance to win. I just let them down in a big way. It’s a real disappointing feeling.”

So with the Canucks down 3-0 in this series, who should start in Game 4 on Tuesday?

“If I’m called upon, I’ll be ready.” Luongo said. “If not, Cory will be ready as well. It’s his team and whatever happens I will be 100 per cent supportive.”

Either way, the Vancouver Canucks need to step up offensively or the goaltending debate will be moot.

  1. joeyg88 - May 6, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    fire the coach. stupid for not playing Lou

    • valoisvipers - May 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Um, Lou lost the first two at home. This is not the coach’s mess it is the GM’s mess and his mess to clean if he still is employed by the Nucks. Which I highly doubt. I think that there will be a major house cleaning in management,
      GM and coaching staff all changed before the draft. Also look for the twins to be dealt away before the trade deadline.The Nucks will be rebuilding from the ashes of a burned out city,team and fans.

      • freestyle1022 - May 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        First two losses weren’t on Luongo. The guy made some pretty stellar saves to keep them in it. This series is on someone else, not him.

      • imleftcoast - May 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        It appears that Luongo for Torres would have been a good trade for the Canucks. It’s Gillis’ fault for not being able to work out a trade in 10+ MONTHS he’s had to get something done. You can’t blame for that. However, you can fire him for having the Sedins out to kill the last minute of Game 2. The Canucks were at home, there’s no excuse for that and it’s cost them the series. Between that and the two goalies, the Canucks have squandered another opportunity. If ownership thinks they can continue with those two, then it’s up to the fans to vote with their $$$.

  2. freestyle1022 - May 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    As an east guy, Im not fond of this scenario, but going back to be an Islander would make the most sense after Florida for Luongo.

  3. 950003cups - May 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Luongo was thrilled with this outcome. Now fingers can point away from him and towards a bad defensive system.

    • gramkind - May 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      So much money tied up in our defense and not much to show for it. Steal Larry Robinson away please GMMG. (also mayray cannot come back under any circumstances)

  4. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    They should have traded one of their goalies two years ago, but not because Luongo’s a headcase or any of the reasons people usually bring up. The goalie drama has become a distraction from the real problems the Canucks have – bad forward depth, a lack of scoring wingers, falling production from the Sedins and an overpaid, underwhelming defense corps. If they can’t score, no goalie will save them – and the goalie drama has just become an excuse for both the management and their fans to ignore the real problems. They have two first-strings for God’s sake. Goaltending is their STRONGEST POSITION, not the source of their failure!

  5. jpat2424 - May 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    This is great! Watching all the Nucks fans squirm

  6. joeyashwi - May 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    It’s hard to get anybody to take on that contract. When the cap goes down their only option will be to buy him out. Ouch! It’s hard to believe how little respect this guy is getting from the Canucks management. Luongo is still one of the top goalies in the league. It’s not his fault they signed him to a ludicrous contract. My Wild will feel the same way once we try to add new pieces but can’t afford to.

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