Alex Steen got the Blues started with a pair of even strength goals and Patrik Berglund added the insurance as the visitors handed Vancouver their third shutout loss of the season.
Since last year’s Game Seven Stanley Cup Final loss Luongo has had to put up with an unreasonable amount of abuse from fans and all it took was a shutout loss with Schneider in net to make the discrepancy in criticism perfectly clear.
With a talented backup to complement a world class goaltender, Canucks fans have naturally begun to feel more comfortable with the seemingly bulletproof red head.
Despite Luongo’s presence at the top of all major goaltending statistical categories post-lockout, he continues to attract blame for games which were far beyond his control.
Wednesday night’s loss to the Blues was another one of ‘those’ games.
With such a talented tandem in the crease, fans should be more concerned with the play of those in front of their goaltenders. Kevin Bieksa and defensive partner Dan Hamhuis were both victimized by the Blues Wednesday, posting a -2 on the night in another frustrating affair.
The Canucks’ top defensive pairing has struggled to find their game any consistency over the opening ten contests of the season in what has been an expected slow start, however drastic improvement must be made if Bieksa is to match last season’s impressive +32 rating.
Bieksa is a team-worst -9 to date this season, including two goals against that occurred while he was on the ice against the Blues Wednesday.
Along with Bieksa, David Booth and the American Express line struggled through some early growing pains versus the Blues.
Chemistry will take time to develop, however witnessing Ryan Kesler cross the blueline and fire a wrist shot time and time again last night was painful to watch, and must be addressed if his linemates are to join the attack with more consistency.