A Wobbly Beginning
If this was supposed to be the playoff series where Roberto Luongo would finally prove to one and all he is a big-time netminder, it hasn't started well.
In two games, the Chicago Blackhawks have pounded eight goals past the Vancouver netminder, who has been unable to protect one three-goal lead and one two-goal lead in the series so far.
Luongo has stopped 54 of 62 Chicago shots so far for a dreadful save percentage of .871, hardly the kind of statistical impression most were expecting Luongo to make in this series. He has faced 31 shots in each game, a fairly manageable number, yet he's proven vulnerable to rebounds and getting stuck deep in his crease.
Although he has been in the league since 1999, Luongo has played in only 19 playoff games, including last night's 6-3 loss to the Hawks. Many have argued that Luongo hasn't been on good teams throughout his career as the reason why he lacks significant career accomplishment, but that can't be said right now of a Vancouver team that looked terrific in the first round against St. Louis but has now already given up home-ice advantage.
If Luongo is going to be Canada's goalie for next year's Olympics, he's got to deliver in this spring's playoffs. Now, he and the Canucks head to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 where 22,000 fans will make it tough on any goalie.
Time for Luongo to deliver.