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With Luongo hurt, Canucks sign 43-year-old backup

Jan 5, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo was impressive against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (despite losing) in his return from injury, but Eddie Lack shouldn’t get too comfy on the bench. It turns out that Luongo won’t suit up against the Anaheim Ducks, as the Canucks were forced to sign goalie Rob Laurie, 43, to a PTO to back up Lack tonight.

Various observers believe that Luongo is hurt thanks to a bump from Dustin Brown. The 34-year-old shrugged it off Saturday night.

“My foot got caught under me when he was accidentally running me over,” Luongo said. “Luckily this time the pain went away.”

Maybe not. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh unearthed an admittedly low-quality video of the collision:

To make matters worse, Team Canada’s roster announcements are expected to surface early this coming week. The severity of the injury is unclear at this time, but it seems like an unsettling setback for the veteran netminder.

  1. northstarnic - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Another dirty play by DB. Shocking.

    • joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Hahahahaha! Team USA Brown knocks out Team Canada Luongo. Must have been and ordered hit from Burke. :-)

    • charlieconway96 - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      For all of the “accidents” Brown has, I would say that this one might have actually not been on purpose.

      • sunderlanding - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:27 AM

        You’d be wrong if you said that. No one that strong, who can skate like he can, goes flying like that from a little bump he knew was comming.

  2. thailer35 - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Maybe Brown should be held accountable for his actions for once in his career. Just a thought NHL.

  3. qauzaq - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Hahahahahahahaah please tell me people aren’t calling for Brown’s head for this! My god this isn’t even controversial it was a complete accident. It really is getting funny how whenever Brown’s name gets mentioned in any setting the hate follows. The guy steps outside and he gets blamed for something. Hahahah. Also you all should try watching video with decent quality before passing judgment.

    • sunderlanding - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:30 AM

      I don’t think Brown should be suspended or even talked to, but it’s obvious he did that on purpose. You’d have to be stupid to think otherwise. He’s strong, he can skate, and he knew that bump was comming. I could’ve taken that bump without flying leg over head into Luongo. That being said I don’t think he meant to hurt or injur Luongo. He was just hoping some “accidental” contact would rattle his cage.

  4. thailer35 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Whether or not this play is dirty is irrelevant. The point is, Brown plays a reckless game and the thought of a consequence is never even in the back of his mind, because he has never been disciplined. He puts himself in situations that end up being at least controversial if not questionable or downright dirty because he has no fear of repercussions.

    • cup612 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      If you really are a hockey fan then you would know Dustin Brown was disciplined and suspended for a illegal hit he did commit. Next time you decide to post a comment, know your facts!

  5. blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM


    friends, I’ll have you know that Captain Brown’s goal last night had me laughing ‘uncontrollably’ for almost 5 minutes straight ! … he shoots it ‘bang’ in the net, followed up with a ‘reverse’ drop kick to the head of the 64 million dollar Michelin Man himself ! … you just gotta love it man ! … and the kicker is that Brown always does this stuff (ie: that which needs to be done) in a manner which is completely ‘unassuming’ and without ostentation … of course I get how he might irk ‘certain’ people … however these ‘certain’ people can go and eat some ‘S’ for all I care ! :)

    GO BROWN !!! :)


    • sunderlanding - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      Quit with the elipses. It doesn’t make you seem candid.

  6. joey4id - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Right! I suppose the conversation between Brown and Shanahan would go something like this:

    Shanny: Dustin, can you explain why you collided accidentally on purpose with Luongo?

    Brown: I dumped the puck in the Vancouver zone like the coach wants us to do. It was a designed play. The puck went around the boards to the opposite corner. The player on the opposite side is supposed to get the puck and shoot on net right away. Then I went hard for the net to look for a rebound like we practice every day. No one from Vancouver was covering until I got to the front of the net. Santorelli hit me accidentally on purpose which propelled me onto Luongo.

    Shanny: ok! We will suspend you for 5 games because you play hard and you are not afraid to go for the net like the coach asked you. Also, we feel you put yourself in situations that end up being at least controversial if not questionable or downright dirty and because you have no fear. You need to be more afraid of me.

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      *** somewhere out on the great plain ***

      Blomfeld: look brothers, it is ‘he’ our old friend Joseph !

      Ten Bears: indeed it appears to be, but shall we ride with him ?

      Crazy Dog: okay, I’m cool with that … but what’s the deal with this Joey guy anyway ?

      Blomfeld: during the time of great darkness, it was ‘he’ Joseph who rode with us …


      Buddha: The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

      GO JOEY GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      Blomfeld: during the time of great darkness, Joseph was one who rode in solidarity with us …

  7. gradyspop - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I was all set to defend DB. But decided that it was unnecessary. It is better to laugh at all the whiners posting on here. HA! I laugh in your faces!

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