Luongo confused by his play

Iain MacIntyre

Whoever has Roberto Luongo’s game, please return it to him. The playoffs are coming and he needs it. Eventually, so will the Vancouver Canucks.

The beleaguered goalie sat on the bench Friday and watched backup Andrew Raycroft start against the Anaheim Ducks, one night after Luongo surrendered eight goals on 29 shots to the Los Angeles Kings on one of his worst nights in the National Hockey League.

The performance — both Luongo’s and the Canucks’ — shattered what little of his game and psyche the goalie had begun to reconstruct with an excellent 32-save start two nights earlier against the Phoenix Coyotes. If he plays until the end of the regular season, Luongo is down to four starts to try to fix what has been wrong for more than two months.

“I don’t think it’s anything mechanical,” Luongo said Friday.

“There are issues, but I’m just trying to do my job. Just do the best I can. It’s hard to understand. I play two games where I feel good, then I practise and feel good, then I play another game [Thursday] and that happens.

“I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on. This has never happened to me in my career with every second or third or fourth game being a bad night. At a certain point, you start wondering what’s going on.”

Most people probably reach that point a while ago.

One of the best and most consistent goalies for the past decade, Luongo has struggled in the NHL since allowing three goals on eight shots Jan. 30 in Toronto, where he was pulled after one period in the nationally-televised Saturday game.

Since then, Luongo is 9-8-1, has allowed at least three goals in 11 of 18 starts and has been hooked three more times by coach Alain Vigneault. Luongo should have been yanked in Los Angeles, too, when the score reached 5-0 halfway through the second period during the 8-3 loss.

One Response to Luongo confused by his play

  1. number15 says:

    Luongo wasent even good at the Olympics. I was nervous the whole time he was in net…… its just not his year

    Maybe next year, Canuck fans

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