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Oilers give Luongo a rocky return to Canucks net

Sep 19, 2013, 1:06 AM EST

This summer was ugly at times between Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks, so maybe it’s fitting that things began so shakily for the 34-year-old on Wednesday.

The Edmonton Oilers scored four goals on Luongo and the Canucks just 12:24 into the exhibition, with goals like Jordan Eberle‘s doing a good job telling the story of an eventual 4-1 Edmonton win.

Perhaps also fittingly, Luongo showed that he can roll with the punches, not allowing another goal after that point. He stopped 14 out of 18 pucks overall in two periods of action before making way for Joacim Eriksson. This save is a good counterpoint for that goal:

Hopefully there will be a funny Tweet or two to come from this, at least.

On the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk had an excellent night, stopping 25 out of 26 shots in a full 60 minutes of action.

  1. blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Mercy: kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could otherwise be treated harshly

    *** NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per Swedish Daily Afton Bladet ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Benjamin Scrivens
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) Carey Price

    28) Ilya Bryzgalov
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Luongo

    • badintent - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:15 AM

      That huge noise you heard( Not a 7.7 earthquake !) was the Fairweather Cancuks fans jumping off the bandwagon ………. again. Like the lemmings running to the Georgia Straits

    • bikesgonewild - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:49 AM

      …was it getting married that forced ovechkin into the net ???…”…wife say ovy not to be skating free all over ice…must be staying home in net where can always be found, da ???”…

    • helladonks - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      the alexander ovechkin inclusion made me chuckle though

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Absurd list. Bernier is a backup. IF he ends up starting if RFeimer does not cut it, he needs to have a season with the opressure and wear of a starter to be listed there. And Bernier was 10th in save%. Good, but also played on a defensively orriented team.

      Lundqvist NOT listed in top 5?

      Scrivens? A save % of .915, GAA of 2.69 also with a defensive team, even after eliminating the guys with less than 10 starts, comes in at 24th.

      Price? 38th in save%. 2.59 GAA – that’s more like a BACKUP’s average (guess that’s why hes actually a BACKUP).

      Note, both Scrivens and Price had a worse save% than Fleury. I’m a long time clinical analyst, and it looks like the folks who came up with the list were engaging in something we call “poly-pharmacy”.

      Here’s my top 7 (the last 3 are effectively tied for 5th):

      Anderson
      Bobrovsky
      Rask
      Lundqvist
      Crawford
      Schneider
      Neimi

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        OK thumbs downers, want to propose a better list? I know Rinne potentially could be there, and he had an off year last year, and is coming off surgery. Miller? How much do you factor in the team he unfortunately played with?

        Howard could well be there. His numbers were not quite at the level of the guys above, but that could have been an effect of a significant change in the Wings Dmen, who improved over the year. Had a good playoff run, but was below the rest except Schneider. And the Nucks were terrible as a team, so it’s hard to put too much weight on 4 games.

        I acticipate Howard may well be in the top 7 this coming year.

      • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Talk about ‘absurd’ lists !

        Listen Solutions, you exclude Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick and yet you have the gall to talk about absurdity ? Anyway, if you want to get all serious and Liberace about this, then here’s your Top 5 as per ‘reality’ !

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) Cory Schneider
        3) Henrik Lundqvist
        4) Mike Smith
        5) Sergei Bobrovsky

        .

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Ah, My VERY bad – I never intended to leave Quick out. Just as Rinne was coming off an injury last year, so was JQ, so his regular season, as a whole was not great, and unfortunately there is no way to get stats for a part of a season. Obviously he came back into form and was solid later in the season and in the playoffs (I did enjoy the Hawks getting him pulled after hearing Kings fans over and over saying “We’ve got QUICK! of course we’re gonna win!! ;)

        Smith – which, the one from 2011-12 or 2012-13? I remember the Hawks lighting him up for 5 goals twice (or was it 6 one night).

    • elvispocomo - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      He’s a troll guys, plain and simple.

      • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        and your handle is a disservice to the memory of the King …

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Yeah, you wouldn’t want to tarnish the image of a fat, ripoff artist who died on the toilet. Truly one for the ages.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Who was that directed to? I did not intend to start a hostile discussion, instead intended to engage in a discussion of who otyhers thought were the top goalies, as it was clear the list from Sweeden was seriously flawed. I left Quick out by accident.

      • elvispocomo - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        @enduser: It was a reply to people posting to the troll. If we ignore him he goes away.

  2. swenny19 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Yeah blomfeld, you’re right. The three best NHL goalies are unproven backups and the veterans are way worse. Not saying I like loungo but hey, gold medal vs 3 backups.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      May also want to look at Stanley Cups won as well;) Even starting in a SC final for that matter.

    • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Crosby and company won that gold for Canada … Luongo was just along for the ride and everyone knows that …

  3. bikesgonewild - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    …torts & the twins backstopped by ‘berto…no matter, first round out…see ya…
    …(ohhh, sorry – am i getting ahead of myself ???)…bwahahaha !!!…

  4. amityvillefun - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Might as well start the riots now and get them over with. :)

    • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      take it easy man, I live here …

      • amityvillefun - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Sorry blomfeld. Just a joke, no real offense meant. Too soon I guess.

      • blomfeld - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        it’s okay man :)

  5. goodolejr - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    My question isn’t about Luongo (other than why is everyone sh***ing on him when he’s consistently been an elite tender for years) but more about why Dubnyk isn’t getting the recognition he deserves. Last year his .920 save % tied him with Holtby and put him above Fleury, Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Hiller, Nobokov, Mike Smith, Backstrom, Pavelec, Price and a few other starting goalies yet I heard multiple times from the commentators during the game that he hasn’t proven himself to be worthy of the starting goaltending gig and then quoted his win/loss stats as proof. His individual stats are solid and put him on par and better than a lot of starting tenders in the league the past few seasons. Not to mention the Oilers themselves trying to bring in another goalie to battle with or start over Dubnyk. I just don’t get it.

    Send him here to Philly. We’d sure appreciate him a hell of a lot more than most people seem to. Can anyone explain why he “still hasn’t proven himself?”

  6. dan9933 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    “Perhaps also fittingly, Luongo showed that he can roll with the punches, not allowing another goal after that point. He stopped 14 out of 18 pucks overall in two periods of action before making way for Joacim Eriksson. This save is a good counterpoint for that goal:”

    Wait what? The video they showed it was 0-0 then 1-0, so if if he didnt allow another goal after that point he would only allow 1 goal, but he stopped 14 out of 18? Nicely done writer

  7. jcmeyer10 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    You can call him the Dubna

  8. terrier92 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Its preseason
    Relax the kid will be fine

    Btw I am not a Vancouver fan

  9. swenny19 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    You’re right. If Canada would have used one of your prize backup goalies Canada still would have won…

  10. spitfisher - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Oilers give Luongo a rocky return to Canucks net

    Not a surprise, Luongo talks too much and is streaky at best. I guess the oilers won’t be pumping his tires.

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