Roberto Luongo’s lackluster season start continued Tuesday night as his Canucks to the Oilers 3-2. Coach Alain Vigneault gave the veteran goaltender the hook after he allowed three goals in a 5:02 span.
The second goal, after a botched exchange with Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis behind the net, was especially painful.“It was a frustrating night,” Luongo told the Vancouver Province. “I was really felt good. I was seeing the puck well. I was moving well. I had a good first period, but then they got three quick ones and that's all they wrote. The defenseman yelled, I tried to clear it, it went off Smitty and right on his stick. Sometimes you need some bounces as well. The result is disappointing but the way I felt was the way I want to be feeling every game.”Cory Schneider replaced Luongo and shut out Edmonton the rest of the way. Afterward, Vigneault wouldn’t say if Luongo or Schneider would start the next game against the Blues.“I thought Lou looked good in the first, he looked solid,” Schneider told the Province. “It was just some bad breaks and a flurry of sloppy hockey and that's it. Knowing the goalie he is and the professional he is, he'll fight through it and he'll start getting the bounces. In couple months from now this'll be just a memory.”Luongo is now 2-3-1 with a 3.46 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage. He is just killing a number of fantasy teams with those numbers.And Canucks fans are furious over his spotty play.“Yeah, of course I know what to expect — same as every other time,” Luongo told the Vancouver Sun. “What’s important for me right now is not the result of tonight, but that I felt like I’m playing the way I should be playing and felt good. Unfortunately, the result was not there. Just keep working and keep my head up and that’s it. Things will turn around, they always do.”In the wake of Luongo’s Stanley Cup Finals failure, fans are increasing rallying behind Schneider-For-Goaltender campaign. Such public unrest has spurred some wishful Internet thinking about a Luongo-to-the-Lightning deal.
Of course, the team has other issues to contend with while trying to regain its Western Conference championship form. It revamped attack could be something when newcomer David Booth settles in and forward Mason Raymond makes it back from the injured list.