The Ongoing Discussion
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that everyone is giving our boy Lou a tough time.
The guy gets all the blame if he’s on the ice while the Canucks lose (granted it’s often a relatively fair assessment), because Vancouver fans and sports media alike are used to highlighting his downfalls ever since that final-game-that-shall-not-be-named.
It’s true – Luongo’s been sitting on the bench for the longest stretch since his first season in the NHL as a rookie with the New York Islanders.
It’s also true that Cory Schneider, Loungo’s supposed-to-be back up, had two back-to-back shutouts (like a boss) and almost a third in Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he made 47 saves in a 4-1 Canucks victory.
He’s played in every one of the last six games, five of which the Canucks have won, and Schneider is remaining in net tonight against the Nashville Predators.
To the shock of no one, it’s all that’s being talked about in the city of Vancouver.
Roberto is healthy so he must be pissed!
That’s the way we all make it seem. And poor Lou as usual doesn’t help himself much when he’s interviewed:
“I know this is a big story, but I don’t want to keep addressing it every day.
I appreciate the appetite for it, but I’m a team guy, I’m behind Cory and all’s good. Right now, we’re winning games and that’s all that matters.
We’ve got two great goalies here. We both can play.
We’re both No. 1s. Obviously, Cory is playing unreal right now and we’re winning games.
What else could you ask for?”
Be happy Vancouver!
We’re experiencing the same up-swing that brought us to the Stanley Cup finals last season. Let Schneider continue his “red-hot” streak.
Leave Lou alone so he doesn’t feel like a tool when he does return to the crease. Can we keep the hockey stories drama-free for once?
At least some NHL fans outside of the Lower Mainland are making light of it.
Dave Lozo, a writer for NHL.com tweeted - @DaveLozo: For fun, Canucks fans should start calling Cory Schneider the C-wall”. Love it.
The Canucks play the Predators tonight on home ice at 7 p.m.
If Schneider kills it again, don’t be surprised if a close up of Lou’s face from the bench appears on the front page of the sports section.