Mikodat wrote: Luongo cant be expected to face nearly 50 shots a game every night. He played an outstanding game and gave us the win. Good news was the play of Sundin.. had some good shots on goal and played well all night.. with the Sedin line being effectively shut down for 2 1/2 periods secondary scoring was essential. Kudo's to Rypien and Ohlund and good play by 2nd line .
I kind of think that giving Luongo 30+ shots a game isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on how the team plays in front of him. This guy thrived in Florida, was constantly considered one of the best goalies in the league despite facing an average of 40 shots/game. I don't think he's afraid of getting shelled, on the contrary I think the guy thrives on it. That's the measure of a superstar goalie folks. If the Canucks want to run and gun, this is the guy to have back there. The problem I have is when the ice is tilted towards our net, that's NOT a good thing... but shot for shot is fine.
As for Sundin... I'm not overly impressed with him at all. The guy hasn't scored in 12 games and his team-worst -5 isn't heartening. I think he's been a passenger on that line and aside from faceoffs I haven't noticed much out of him to be honest. That half-boards set up is ridiculous, the guy's 6'5 and should really be in the slot or working from behind the net/down low. He's not nearly fast enough to move from his boards position into the slot or net for rebounds or any presence once a shot is taken, he winds up being a pinching defenseman with the wheels of Murray Baron. It really doesn't matter so long as we win...hopefully he shows up with some physical play for the playoffs.
We had the better goalie last night. That's one of the only real positive I can take out of that game, great goalie, good bounces, Ohlund just friggin' shooting it in the direction of the net and Rick Rypien.