Found April 18, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
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Part 2: Somebody That I Used to Luuuu

I started the day by hashing out the pros and cons (You really need to read my first article. Go on! Do it now!) of starting either Vancouver Canucks goaltender in Game 4 tonight especially in light of the prevailing sentiment and some choice comments from Alain Vigneault that hinted whoever got the nod tonight might be getting the nod in future plans as well.

Yet up until lunchtime I remained convinced that no matter how tempting it was to keep with Cory Schneider, there was no way the Canucks wouldn’t go back to Roberto Luongo, the ex-captain and franchise player who did no wrong in the first two games.

Well, I was wrong. Though the idea of Luongo being on the outs this summer is as insane as, say, trading Cody Hodgson, it looks like that’s the unbelievable outcome of this series barring any other sudden twists and turns.

Yes, it’s not over and yes the Canucks can #reversesweep and we can believe in the strength in miracles, but realistically if you run the numbers the Canucks have a 1.8% chance of pulling off the unthinkable.

So while there is a chance the Canucks take the series in seven and everyone moves on and forgets about these three games like we forget about Chicago’s three wins last year, the more likely scenario is that we are heading for a long, strange and uncomfortable summer.

I wondered after Game 3 if we had seen Cory Schneider‘s last game as a Canuck, but now I’m wondering if Game 2 was Roberto Luongo‘s last game wearing an Orca.

How did it come to this?

It’s been seven days since the puck dropped in Game 1, but it feels like a month. The sentiment amongst Canuck fans heading into the playoffs was decidedly less gung-ho than last year, but most were predicting a hard-fought second defeat or a decimation by Pittsburgh or something that involved an actual win or two.

Instead, this is the very worst case scenario.

Either Alain Vigneault, Cory Schneider, or Roberto Luongo will not be back next year and it could be a twin spin of AV AND a goalie.

I can’t explain it because I’m not sure what I’m watching. Is this just three bad luck games for a mighty powerhouse or is this, to borrow a Jon Toews phrase, the Canucks being exposed for who they really are?

The answer lies in how much kick the Canucks have left. If they come out flat again tonight and lose, watch out.

Canucks Luongo Schneider Devil in the blue crease: Vancouver Canucks goaltending quandary

Schneids: Lu Can you explain it? Lu: No Schneids! I can't explain it because I'm not sure what I'm watching. - (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

All hell will break loose.

There might not be a physical riot but fireworks will play out in the media and probably through Mike Gillis’ trade phonelines.

I can’t imagine either Gillis or Francesco Aquilini will too be pleased with being the first team since the 1938 Boston Bruins to own the league’s best regular season record and not win a single playoff game.

If the Canucks win tonight, the question of who starts Game 5 becomes even more uncomfortable. It’s almost enough to make you want the Canucks to lose just to finally address the goaltending mess AV created by jumping the gun on his back-up plan.

Until Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider learn to quarterback the powerplay, there isn’t much they can do in their games started. They’re not responsible for elbowing Daniel Sedin in the head or Ryan Kesler (no goals in 15 games) looking ahead to competing in the pool during the London Summer Games.

And yet this year, of all years, could be the year that forces Luongo out of Vancouver.

Everything is up in the air right now and no one can tell you how it’s all going to land, but it will fall on someone’s head. Right now, amazingly, it looks like that head belongs to Roberto Luongo which would complete his Jesus saga in Vancouver.

Or it could be that after three games, the Canucks will rise again.

All I know is that all bets are off and jobs are on the line and I haven’t even discussed the implications of what happens if Dustin Brown introduces himself to Daniel Sedin.

This game, and any possible games after this, will have a lasting impact on this franchise for a long time.

Having said that my friends make sure you stock up on booze tonight, you’ll need it.

I have no idea what happens next. Do you? Respond below in the comments section. I await your reactions.

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