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When 47 Saves isn't Good Enough...

01/18/2008 at 3:23pm EST

... you’ve got problems. And when it takes 47 saves to lose a game, Roberto Luongo can be forgiven for thinking he’s playing for the Florida Panthers again.

Ed Willes at The Province might want to re-think his assessment yesterday:

Before Luongo arrived in the wake of the 2005-‘06 squad’s collapse, Canucks fans would have been satisfied with a competitive team. With Luongo, there is a belief that, if management surrounds the goalie with the right personnel, a Stanley Cup is possible.

Well sure, it’s possible, but when it comes to surrounding the goalie with “the right personnel,” that’s easier said than done.

If only someone would start up and run with a solid “Hossa to Vancouver” rumor—even if utter b.s., it would still be cheerful to ponder.

Anyway, luckily for everyone, the brain trust on the Canucks message boards breaks down the problem of goal scoring with it’s usual insightful wisdom: it’s not that the Canucks can’t score, it’s that they don’t celebrate properly.

canucksarethebestbaby:
“Whenever the Canucks score there seems to be no excitement from the players. Some players like Burrows and Kesler will show the excitement just because they dont score much, but Nazzy just skates into the circle of players and taps them on the head. Why can’t the players skate by the bench and tap everyones hand like most teams do. We need more enthusiasm in our goals.”

cyclone:
“that hate sex”

eternal captain:
“scoring makes baby Jesus sad”

Are we calling Alain Vigneault “baby Jesus” now? Figures.

P.S. Photo below was found on Canucks.com but appears to have been taken by Dave Reginek for Getty Images. A bit of a downer, but still a great shot.

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And on the occasion of the captain’s 1000th NHL game…

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* Hat-tip to George Malik for spotting the photo first

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