Video: Roberto Luongo is the Last Man Standing

Despite months of superb goaltending, some fans just don’t seem willing to cut Roberto Luongo any slack. His (and the team’s) rough start against the Sabres on Saturday reignited the old goaltender debate in some corners. Heck, it didn’t even take a bad start by Luongo for the Team 1040 to ask which goaltender should get the start in the playoffs in their daily poll question just over a week ago.

On Saturday I wrote a post about how our perception of players changes the more we see them. Because Luongo gets more starts than Schneider and has been playing in Vancouver for a longer period of time, Canucks fans are far more aware of his flaws than they are of Schneider’s. But that argument likely won’t sway everyone, which means it’s time for something more flashy and visually stimulating.

It’s time for a fan video. Fortunately for us, KingOfTheIce71 made a great one.

This is a stellar montage of some of Luongo’s most sterling saves. It’s also very well-edited to go with the song, which has a thoroughly appropriate theme. As Henrik Sedin says in the video’s opening, Luongo is “under the microscope every day in this city” and he has been standing alone under that microscope for 6 years.

And Luongo is willing  to take the heat for his performance on Saturday, saying “It’s really too bad Schneids has to take the loss because it should be mine. It’s my job to be there to make those saves.”

His ability to handle the pressure of being a star goaltender in Vancouver should not be underrated.

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45 comments

  1. Chicky
    March 5, 2012

    I get the sense that fans feel that due to his contract, that he should be single handedly bringing home the Cup for Vancouver, yet tend to forget that it takes a team effort.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve cringed, I’ve praised, and I’ve been baffled by his saves and non-saves. I think that the ONLY thing that will make the nay-sayers die down a bit is, sadly, a cup win. The sadder part, is that if he didn’t follow it up with a, dare I say it, second Cup win… the lynch mob would be out in full force.

    Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.

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    • Nick
      March 5, 2012

      It’s probably true that seeing more of Luongo than Schneider means that fans are less aware of Schneider’s “weaknesses” than Luongo’s because we see less of Corey.

      BUT the “degree of exposure” argument cuts both ways.

      It also means that fans are less aware of Schneider’s “strengths” than Luongo’s because we see less of Corey.

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  2. Andre
    March 5, 2012

    Out of curiosity, what are his stats since the end of November?

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    • Zach Morris
      March 5, 2012

      ~930%, 2.27 GAA

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      • Zach Morris
        March 5, 2012

        scratch that, he’s got a 928% and a 2.16 GAA

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  3. Daniel W.
    March 5, 2012

    Completely agree, Luongo is a fantastic goaltender, and I think that he should get credit for sticking around here, despite how a big part of the fanbase and the media treat him! I just don’t think a goaltender’s performance is scrutinized anywhere as much as it is in Vancovuer…

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    • Brent
      March 5, 2012

      Well maybe Montreal…….

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    • RG
      March 5, 2012

      Any Canadian market is killer for a goalie. Have you seen what’s going on in Toronto?

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      • Daniel Wagner
        March 5, 2012

        Luongo’s save percentage: .920
        Reimer’s save percentage: .899
        Gustavsson’s save percentage: .905

        There’s a slight difference in quality there. Hate to say it, but Leafs fans have a point when they complain about their terrible goaltending.

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        • stathead
          March 5, 2012

          Oh, Daniel, leave out October! It’s Luongo. Those in the know re: Canucks should be giving his save percentage as “0.928-not-counting-October”.

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          • Nick
            March 5, 2012

            Yes, leave out October … and June. And playoff road games. It’s Luongo.

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            • stathead
              March 5, 2012

              Was kidding.

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    • peanutflower
      March 5, 2012

      I dunno, Raycroft took a lot of crap in TO. One of the best videos ever is of Raycroft shutting out the Leafs as a Canuck. And telling every fan what he thought of them.

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  4. Brent
    March 5, 2012

    As I said in a previous post I am comfortable with Luongo being our #1, flaws and all. When he is good, I think he is better than Cory, and when he has a mental melt down, we have Cory.

    The other thing I am much happier about is him taking ownership of some of his bad goals, as he recently did against the Sabres. He used to always deflect criticism and blam the team as well. He may not really mean it but it certainly sits better with me.

    Bring on the playoffs.

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    • stathead
      March 5, 2012

      Going back to the perception thing, I don’t think all of his bad games are mental meltdowns. That’s become the go-to thing to say when he has a bad game. A couple of early goals plus that third one that I think no one could have stopped will just happen even to the best of them. You’ll see anyone lose confidence then and it may be the right decision to pull them, but only when it’s Luongo do so many people jump right to the “meltdown” or “choking” story.

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      • Brent
        March 5, 2012

        I would agree. When I say mental meltdowns, I mean games in Boston and some of the games in the last two playoffs in Chicago. Last game he was weak on the first one, but the other two, especially the third not so much. So he had an off night. Happens to everyone.

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        • stathead
          March 5, 2012

          Oh, I could tell that from your post- I didn’t mean your comment there. I just meant that often (even visiting in Edmonton) someone will ask about the game, I’ll say we lost 4-1, and someone will say “Oh, Luongo choked again then.” All preconception.

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  5. peanutflower
    March 5, 2012

    Every Canuck “fan” should be forced to watch every Canuck goaltender’s “highlights” from 1970 on, with the exception maybe of minor runs by King Richard and Captain Kirk. I lived through all of that (sorry, Cheech) and it would give everyone a good appreciation of how good a goaltender we are lucky to have in Luongo. The quotes are meant to convey sarcasm, BTW. My money is on Roberto. He wants the prize probably more than anyone else, except maybe Kesler.

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    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2012

      I don’t understand how people can tell. Not picking on you peanutflower, it’s just that I’ve heard so many different people say this kind of thing a lot and I just don’t get how they can tell. How do you know how much Lu wants the cup? Kes? How can you tell the degree to which the Sedins want the Cup? Burr? Juice? And how do you compare the teammates with each other?

      We don’t know them personally. No media was in the dressing room as they walked off the ice in Roger’s Arena post game 7, so how do you know who was taking it harder than others? And besides that you can’t compare how different people handle an event. IDGI but I’d love to know.

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      • peanutflower
        March 5, 2012

        You’re right, but if you were in Luongo’s position and you faced the scrutiny, criticism, ridicule, whatever that he faced wouldn’t you want to win real bad? Just to shut everyone up? For a while anyway? Besides, he’s always been referred to as being ultra competitive in team interviews, so it’s sort of an educated guess, no?

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        • Anonymous
          March 6, 2012

          Ahh k thanks for that, that’s what I was thinking. Following this team, I know how much he wants to win, especially with what he’s been through and the personality he has.

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      • tom selleck's moustache
        March 5, 2012

        I think you can also just watch Luongo’s reaction at the end of Game 7, as Mooney put it: “his face glowing with disappointment”. Just seeing how heartbroken he was about coming up short should be enough to put to rest any questions about his desire to win the cup.

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        • akidd
          March 5, 2012

          but lou also seemed to have given up before it was over with weak efforts on the wraparound and the getting pushed into the net on the breakaway. it probably had more to do with exhaustion than anything at that point as AV had ridden him way too much for such a long playoff run, imvho. i assume canuck mangement/coaching won’t be repeating that mistake this year.

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          • stathead
            March 5, 2012

            Actually, what about getting pushed into the net on the breakaway? I didn’t really want to “whine” about it at the time, but I couldn’t understand why the goal was not disallowed, since it happened before the puck crossed the goal line. Is that a goal that would normally be allowed to stand? I was really surprised when the third period started and play just went forward, as I thought Toronto would at least be consulted. Any comments from the knowledgeable?

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            • peanutflower
              March 6, 2012

              Seriously, when have the Canucks been given the benefit of having goal allowed or disallowed? Not meaning to bring up the whole conspiracy thing, but if you look at it as dispassionately as possible, there always seems to be a kicking motion, or some other rule that either allows a goal against or disallows a goal for. It amazes me. I start to think maybe I don’t know the rules at all.

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  6. Rudes
    March 5, 2012

    would love to see his stats since the end of November too! anyone?

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  7. madwag
    March 5, 2012

    danielson,

    truly a feel good post. GREAT SAVES, LUONGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Steeeve
    March 5, 2012

    Cool video.

    But strange closing shot. Desbiens and Schaeffer? Thats some choice footage.

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  9. bluelinewrister
    March 5, 2012

    Could not agree more. Unless he plays every minute of every game like the hybrid combination of Brodeur, Hasek, Miller, and Rinne on their best days… “trade the bum. put Schneider in. luongo sucks.”

    I just roll my eyes.

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  10. stathead
    March 5, 2012

    Thanks for pointing us to this video. It’s also a great thing to have for when someone says they “wish he would stop flopping on his belly, how many saves can he make from that position??” Well, actually, sir, if you care to watch this video, you will see…

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  11. shoes
    March 5, 2012

    First of all, not sure how many Canucks fans and media criticize Luongo, but for sure it is a vocal bunch, mostly yapping about something they know nothing about. Interesting how Bruins fans are looking at Thomas now that he is looking average because their D sucks at the moment…..nobody cut Luongo that slack last year, when our D was either injured or recovering or just plain tuckered out. The fact is the team did not get to the top of the standings by Luongo playing badly…….and the fact he has a bad game now and again, but is still at the top of the standings probably means he has less bad games than most other goalies in the league. I am going to be stepping on fingers instead of helping these whiners out when they try and climb back on the bandwagon.

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  12. shoes
    March 5, 2012

    That miraculous save that Luongo made of Patrick Sharp on the PP in OT of game 7 round 1 last year…….should have shut up the critics for 10 years, but alas, they had stepped out to get yet another Lethbridge Pil stubby and missed it.

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    • Nick
      March 5, 2012

      Luongo was good in OT of game 7, and also in the first 3 games of the series when they built up the 3-0 series lead.

      But your telling the critics to shut up won’t be easy because there’s also his performance in games 4 and 5.

      Which was not good.

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    • akidd
      March 5, 2012

      sharp did give him a chance though. if he’d hit his spot everything would be very different right now. and no one could be faulted on that game as for me it was the best i ever saw.

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  13. Eric Blacha
    March 5, 2012

    I hate how much hate he gets.

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  14. peanutflower
    March 5, 2012

    Geez, dang it, I’m going to buy a Luongo jersey and wear it proudly.

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    • Nee
      March 5, 2012

      DO IT. Join the cult! We welcome you. ; )

      Just be prepared to get poop from the meatheads come playoffs. I heard it from many places as I headed home after Game 7 last June. Including a homeless guy. Who followed and booed me.

      I’m not even Luongo and I can barely stand it, lol. I give him alot of credit for lasting as long as he has in this market. And that’s partly why I chose his jersey, rather than Henrik’s (my favourite player). I have alot of respect for him….for the high level of performance he’s maintained all these years, and his committment to this team and this city.

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  15. VanFan85
    March 5, 2012

    I keep a spreadsheet on my computer with all of Luongo’s game stats on it. Since Nov 1st he has allowed 84 goals on 1149 shots in 2261 minutes of ice-time for 0.927 sv% and 2.23 GAA. His best stretch of the season was 10 games from Dec 6th to Dec. 28th when he allowed 17 goals on 279 shots in 576 minutes of ice-time for a 0.939 sv% and 1.77 GAA.
    When he plays well it goes basically unnoticed, then one bad game and the trolls come crawing back out from under the bridge calling for his job. It’s too bad really. Since he has come to Vancouver he has been one of the most consistant goalies in the league and has been solid… in the regular season. He bailed us out in ’06 against Dallas in the first round and has had some pretty sensational games since then, but has faultered when the games mean the most so it’s easy to see why the bandwagoners jump on him so quickly when he has a bad game – even when the bad games are few and far between.

    A goalies bad play is usually a direct result of how the team in front of him is playing. I’ll agree that he is the last line of defence if the team in front of him is sloppy but when routine plays become turnovers inside the zone and in-turn in the back of the net, not all of the blame can be placed on him alone. I think the thing that frustrates me the most is Canucks fans have a tendancy to put certain players up on a pedistal or are so quick to jump on Luongo that bad goals that are a direct result of a bad outlet pass or turnover that arent directly his fault are usually blamed soley on him.

    No player on any team (except for maybe Carey Price) is under as much scrutiny as Luongo is here and I’m darn impressed he has lasted this long and hasn’t cracked under the pressure of the microscope yet.

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    • stathead
      March 5, 2012

      I fully agree. I was surprised at how quietly the media and fans took some of his stellar performances in Dec & Jan, and then when Schneider wins a game with very good play and something like 21 on 23, and a few hair-raising moments when he goes behind the net, he really gets rave reviews. But even though I was pretty new to watching hockey, I was amazed in the playoffs at how fans who had been watching for years would blame Luongo for every goal that went in without even noticing that it was a turnover from his own defenceman who was way out of position, etc. If you mention it and point it out on the replay, most people consider it irrelevant: “yeah, but” the point is that Luongo is supposed to make the saves. All the saves.

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      • Warpstone
        March 6, 2012

        I find lay Vancouver fans are worse for this than most fans. Sure, every goalie lives under a microscope, but there seem to be so many Canucks fans in love with Bieksa or Ehrhoff that would ignore a huge gaffe at the blueline and then blame Luongo for not stopping a bang-bang play.

        Case in point was the 4-0 game earlier this year agains the Rangers. I’m pretty sure that at least on 3 out of 4 of those goals, nothing any goalie could have done would have stopped a touch passing play or turnover+one-timer that got passed Luongo. Yet he got jeered because Lundquist was lights out on the other end and because the Vancouver forwards either couldn’t get bounces or failed to test the Rangers with enough shots. It was a disgustingly ignorant display by Vancouver hockey fans, not just because it singled-out Luongo, but really because it excuses the defence, forwards and coaches from shoulding the blame for a game where the entire team was outclassed (i.e. every game in Boston last year).

        Correction, “outclassed” is the wrong term for Boston. “Outplayed” is most accurate. :P

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    • J21
      March 5, 2012

      That would be ’07 against Dallas.

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      • VanFan85
        March 6, 2012

        It was late when I was writing that comment and I was unsure whether it was ’06 or ’07 agianst Dallas and I didnt want ot break my train of thought so I was going to go back and check which year it was after I was done writing but I submitted it without checking. I am a disgrace to canuck nation…. PITB should come up with a system when we can edit or retract our comments once they have been posted.

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  16. zach
    March 5, 2012

    I remember after game 1 of the playoffs last year, the first against Chicago. I happened to be listening to the Team the next day on the radio while driving to work. A caller called in to to ask the hosts, “Has any team ever won the Stanley Cup by going 16-0?” I think this quote just about sums it up – this fanbase has an expectation of perfection. Be it fair or not, Canucks fan expect to win, and for the most part, never lose. In fact, I would say there is an expectation for every player to bring out their best every night. However, as we know, that is impossible. Luongo has had a stretch here where he has been as good or better than any other in the league. We should feel blessed to have a guy with this much talent minding our net every night. After all, we could be Chicago, or San Jose, or any of the other countless teams that have alot of talent up front but not enough in the net. Lets let the guy have a break once in a while. He’s human. Lets allow for him to have an off night after months of being on fire. We have 90 points in 66 games, and we can thank both of our goaltenders for that.

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    • Nee
      March 5, 2012

      Ah-freaking-men.

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    • VanFan85
      March 6, 2012

      Well said, well said!

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