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Tortorella calls on Luongo to step up during breakdowns

Nov 28, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

Luongo, Kruger AP

The Vancouver Canucks have earned just a single victory in their last eight games and that’s caused them to fall five points shy of a playoff spot.

If you had to point to one general thing that’s gone wrong with them lately, it would be their anemic offense as they’ve been held to only one goal on five separate occasions during their recent slump. Still, Canucks coach John Tortorella thinks that goaltender Roberto Luongo isn’t blameless in all of this.

“I’m not letting Lui off the hook, he needs to help us,” Tortorella told the Vancouver Province. “I love our goalie. I love our goalies. I think they’ve played really well.

“We also need a save when there is a breakdown. You look at (Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben) Scrivens (Monday). We had a chance to go up 3-1. We had four glorious scoring chances, he makes four saves.

“We need something like that to happen for us. I’m not putting all the onus on Lui, but he’s part of the problem here as far as closing out games. It goes right through our team and it goes to the coaching staff, too.”

Luongo has had rough starts to be sure, but he’s been far from bad lately. He’s enjoyed a 2.17 GAA and .916 save percentage this month, but it’s only led to a 3-3-4 record.

He feels he’s been playing well too, although he certainly agrees with Tortorella that there’s room for improvement.

The Canucks will play against Ottawa tonight. If Luongo gets the nod, maybe he’ll be able to find another level and carry the Canucks. Of course, it certainly would help matters if Vancouver’s forwards showed signs of thawing out.

  1. jpat2424 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Eat it

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Wonderful sentiments on this fine Thanksgiving morn.

      Eat it we shall, “jpat2424,” and I hope you and your loved ones eat it as well.

      • kaptaanamerica - Nov 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        I wish there was some way to virtually beat blomfeld into submission. Alas, comments are the only real option.

      • blomfeld - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        *** just yesterday at a sandwich shop ***

        Kaptaanamerica: hi asshole … do you idiots sell sandwiches ?

        Blomfeld: reckon we do

        Kaptaanamerica: well then gimme one right now !

        Blomfeld: here ya go pal … one ‘knuckle’ special with onions … KAPOW !

  2. blomfeld - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Senators & Vigneaults for Dinner ?

    If there was ever a time for the Canucks to get hungry, then that would surely be ‘now’ starting tonight in Ottawa. The Senators are a lousy team, as are the other three opponents on this current road trip. Therefore it would behoove the Canucks to ‘make some hay’ while they can. They better, cause there sure as hell ain’t no hay growing out west these days ! :)

    • machosasquatcho - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Haha great ‘video’ Bloomfield! Such context. So insightful.

  3. shanesander - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    John Grahame 2006 again? but in a nicer I’ve been thru anger management John Tortorella way

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