I just want to start out by saying that this isn't a luongo bashing/loving/anything thread. It's simply a timeline of his style change since the time he signed with vancouver.
For the past week or so there has been a lot of talk about Roberto's aggressive play. Recently it's looking like he's been coming out to challenge the shooters just like he used to when he first started out with vancouver in '06-'07. He's playing with a little bit of that natural instinct and talent that we all know he has.
That's the Luongo we all began to fall in love with. The one that exhilarated us with those miraculous saves and got us Luuuuuu-ing at the game or in our living rooms.
During that season he won the Most Exciting Player Award.
Watching the above videos Luongo would make some amazing saves and he wasn't so worried about his positioning but on the other hand he wasn't in position to make the second save .
Then slowly his game changed and the new way had its own advantages and disadvantages. He became a positional goalie, and often unable to just make the first save.
Nowadays maybe he has lost some supporters, but in past couple of weeks he's surely showing that early magic that we saw in his first season here, he's on top his creese, challenging the shooters and making that first save.
It turns out that
letting Lui go back somewhat to his natural way of playing.
And the result of doing so?
Well the result is a 4-0-1 record over his last 5 starts...
5 starts that he has looked dominating..5 starts that he has regained his former magic...5 starts that represent what we all became sooo used to in his very first season.
Check out the save at 11:38
check out the saves at 40sec , 1:51 , 3: 23 , 3: 29 , 3: 51, 4:13, 4:21, 7:25
check out the saves at 59sec (even though it turned out to be a goal he made the first couple of saves), 3:34, 5:18, 9:04
Checke out the saves at 4secs ,1:08, 1:21, 2:23, 2:35
check out these 2:29, 7:26, 13:31
Like many of you I'm so happy that he's challenging more. However he's challenging at the right times and playing deep at the right times and for that we get The Best of Both Worlds
Edited by LouiLou, 23 December 2011 - 01:48 AM.