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Luongo Should Have Started The Indoor/Outdoor Game

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“Of course, of course, I know what goes around this,” John Tortorella said after the Canucks dropped a 4-2 decision to the Ottawa Senators. “I get that. And we as a coaching staff talked a lot about it.

“But we’re at such short strokes here. Before this game, the way Eddie was playing, I thought it was our best chance to get these two points. But I also understand all the stuff going around it.”

And that’s what made the decision to start Lack all the more incomprehensible.

Sunday, when the attention of the faithful should have been occupied elsewhere, the long-dormant Canucks’ goaltending soap opera sprang back to life, which was a neat trick by itself. But this time it also took on hideous new dimensions. This time it felt even weirder.

From the moment Lack was introduced as the starting goalie — with choruses of “Lou” rattling around the Dome — to the final horn, Tortorella’s decision to start the rookie over the decorated veteran completely took over the game.

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Dumbest thing ever. Lack had well the first game, so you gave him a second, I get that. But a third? And that third is an “outdoor” game in Vancouver. Sorry, Lou is your #1 and he hadn’t played in a few games and with all the drama around it, you play him. Not like he was going to hurt your chances. As someone tweeted out, maybe Torts is trying to get everyone to waive their no-trade clauses.

Posted by tmoore4075 on 03/03/14 at 09:36 AM ET

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Dumbest thing ever.

Playing the goalie with the better GAA and save percentage is the dumbest thing ever?

Posted by Garth on 03/03/14 at 10:17 AM ET

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Not the dumbest thing ever but it is short-sighted.

You’re dealing with a very fragile team, totally lacking in confidence, and you are gambling on a young goalie in a big game with a potentially hostile home crowd. You ostracize your former captain (guffaw) and have now planted the seed of doubt in his mind.

DeBoer made the opposite decision (and also lost his game) but he doesn’t lose both goalies in the process (which Torts is now at risk of):

“It really was an easy decision from a right-thing-to-do perspective,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday. “He’s done so much in his career with the Devils and also he’s played some excellent hockey for us this year.”

“The tough part was that Cory [Schneider] was on a little bit of a roll,” DeBoer said. “He had been almost unbeatable the last five or six games, so that threw a little bit of a wrench into the thinking, but at the end of the day, this was the right thing to do, and both guys handled it professionally.”

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 03/03/14 at 11:27 AM ET

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