Goalie Recap: Luongo Still Flopping Forward
(4/14/12) It's possible to look at Roberto Luongo's play in Game 2 as a decent continuation of his good play in Game 1, but when we look at the Kings' 4th goal, we suddenly get concerned. Down by 2 goals, after already allowing a somewhat soft goal by Jarret Stoll that put LA up by 2, Roberto was caught flopping forward and swimming around, while Trevor Lewis put the puck in on a wrap around. Looking back over Luongo's playoff history, time and again - in big time moments - he has been found to revert to this awkward and ineffective form. Whereas at the beginning of Game 2 he was perhaps the Canucks' best player, by the end CBC cameras were showing frame-filling shots of Cory Schneider on the bench. Is it time to hand Schneider the reigns? And, can the Canucks afford not to? Unfortunately, the Vancouver organization has built this into too big a deal. The answer is yes they should go with Schneider, and before it is to late in the series with LA.
At the other end of the ice, Jonathan Quick faced 48 shots and only allowed two goals (Luongo let in 4 on 26) and looked every bit the elite goalie who could take his team deep.
Other Goalie Notes: Speaking of shotty goaltending, in PIT Marc-Andre Fleury allowed 7 goals on 30 shots and Ilya Bryzgalov let 5 in on 28 shots, in the Flyers' high octane 8-5 victory. In NSH, Jimmy Howard was named the game's first star, stopping 24 of 26 shots as the Red Wings evened their series with the Predators. And in Florida, the Devils peppered Jose Theodore with 38 shots and got three by him for a 3-2 road win in Game 1. Brodeur gets the win, stopping 24 of 26.
The save of the night goes to Ilya Bryzgalov, who flashed the glove in this robbery of Kris Letang: