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Luongo laments ‘inexcusable goal’ versus Stars

Dec 20, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

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Last night in Dallas, the Vancouver Canucks suffered their first regulation defeat since Nov. 30.

Not one of the Canucks played particularly well in the 4-1 loss to the Stars, but one of them was especially hard on himself after the game.

“That third goal I gave up there was a back-breaker for our guys,” goalie Roberto Luongo said, per the Vancouver Sun. “It was a wrister, I stopped it with my glove and it kind of just fell down and I think it might have fallen between my legs or something and it just trickled in. Whatever it is, it’s an inexcusable goal at that point of the game.”

Here’s the goal, by the Stars’ Erik Cole:

Luongo was eventually replaced by backup Eddie Lack, who seems the favorite to get the start tonight in Chicago.

Canucks coach John Tortorella admitted that the Cole goal “hurt,” but he didn’t put it all on his netminder.

“We couldn’t score,” he said. “The third one hurt us a bit, but we have some power plays to get us back in and we don’t get it done.”

With the four goals he surrendered on 19 shots, Luongo’s save percentage dropped to a still-respectable .919 on the season.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    PP woes – not scoring during a 5 minute major makes the “0 fer” worse.

  2. elvispocomo - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    First regulation loss in 9 games, I think the Nucks will consider it lesson learned and move on to the Hawks game tonight.

  3. micasa81 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Worst goal I’ve seen him let in all season, but as Torts states, it wasn’t the only thing that sunk them that game.

    Also worth mentioning is that the Stars are not your typical 10th-place team, and they played a good game. Especially the Dallas forwards were dynamite last night.

  4. joey4id - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    The most questionable position for Team Canada will is in nets. Suffice to say it will be Price, Luongo, and Smith. Their performances as the tournament progresses will determine who gets the net. I don’t think Canada can be considered as favorites for the Gold because of this unknown factor.

    • hockeydon10 - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      I gotta say I’m thinking Sweden or USA this time around.

      • joey4id - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        I think we need to consider Russia as a serious contender as well. They should have some very good goal-tending and playing in their home country could be an advantage.

      • hockeydon10 - Dec 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Agreed. It’s their defense that looks thin. I could see them making serious waves, or losing in the bronze game.

  5. muckleflugga - Dec 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM


    no martin brodeur, no medal round…

    let’s face it, goalies are a strange bunch, but luongo, price and smith…how jew say deeferen in heengleesh…

    the goal…too much padding, not enough feel…a common lament in the junior high confidential

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