Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/07/12 at 11:43 AM ET
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,
When Luongo is in sync, which is often, he is excellent: his 338 career wins rank 17th in history; his 59 shutouts puts him at No. 16 among the best in history. When he is off – games that have come at the worst time – it is ugly, and hard to watch, like a proud lion wounded, prey to foes.
That it occurs in the span of days jars everyone from fans to commentators. That one night Luongo is Frank Sinatra, and the next he’s a drunkard with a karaoke mike. That a goaltender who can register two shutouts in the Stanley Cup final – one of only a half-dozen who have pulled off that feat in the past half-century – can also be demolished, several times, in the same series, twice pulled from the net by his coach.
On Tuesday in Vancouver, the night before his 33rd birthday and after yielding just four goals in a run of three wins, Luongo got lit up by the lowly Anaheim Ducks, compounded by no help from his defence. Vancouver fans let up a bellow of a cheer when Luongo got the hook and stellar backup Cory Schneider came on.
“I still see him get upset when a goal is scored on him,” says Tony Canuto, Luongo’s coach when Roberto was 12 and 13 in Saint-Leonard, in the east end of Montreal. “It’s like it was yesterday, coaching him in peewee, where a goal went in. I can see his facial expression.”
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