My point was that fans in other cities are even harder on their star players. The notion that Vancouver is somehow less tolerant of a player underperforming is IMO completely false.
My other point was that the criticism of Luongo is at this point (again, just MHO) valid. A couple seasons ago fans and media may have been jumping the gun when they called him a headcase or questioned his ability to perform with any semblance of consistency in the pressure cooker that is the playoffs. After three straight bewildering performances, those questions are reasonable. In fact, it would be strange to the point of denial if those questions weren't posed at this point.
The good news is that all Lou has to do to silence his critics is win a cup! Or at the very least have a fantastic playoffs to the point where the blame doesn't fall as heavily on his shoulders, a la 2007.
I oh so respectfully disagree. Osgood was an average player who elevated his game in the playoffs. He made the big save when he had to. Cloutier was the exact opposite, and his colleage Mr. Robert Loo unfortunately shares some of Cloutier's post-season shortcomings. Luongo might have been able to win it all with the Wings but there's no way Cloutier would have held the fort in all those 1-goal games Detroit won.Osgood, as mediocre as he is, was never thrown under the bus like Luongo is here. Yeah he won a couple of cups, but even Dan Cloutier could have won a cup with those teams he had in front of him.