Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:56 PM
I don't know who will start or even who I would pick if the decision were mine, but I do know that people are yet again being overly eager to blame Luo. Cory only faced 20 shots last night, and only a few were seriously dangerous, including the one that went in. (And let's be honest. Had Luo let in that goal, some would be all over him saying it was the result of poor rebound control.) The majority of the game was spent in the offensive end and the D-men were much better than they had been in the previous 2 games, clearing rebounds, blocking shots, and keeping the Kings to the boards for much of the game. In reality, that goal was yet another example of the puck luck we don't seem to be able to buy for love or money but they seem to have in bulk from Costco.
Luo, on the other hand, faced 38 shots in the first game (and had a SV% of 0.921, just below Quick's SV% of 0.923 who faced 12 fewer shots) and had terrible team in front of him, especially the D-men. As for Game 2, Luo worked his butt off and got almost no help. One goal was admittedly on him (the SH breakaway where he just got out maneuvered by the shooter) but the rest of the time he was on his game....and on his own as much of the time his own D-men were on top of him (literally) or no where to be found.
And I do not understand the people who blame Luo for how the team in front of him plays. Firstly, it's kind of like comparing apples and oranges when looking at different games. The better game often comes right after the terrible one where the team knew they made mistakes and were striving to not repeat them the next game. That has little, if anything, to do with who's in net. Assuming that it's somehow Luo's fault, or a result of the team's lack of confidence in Luo, is based on nothing more than personal bias. Secondly, shouldn't the team play their best game regardless of who's in net? People want to complain about Luo's salary and how he's a failure if he gets anything less than a shutout every game but think it's ok for other players to phone in it because of (according to this theory, at least) who's in net?
Whoever's on the ice, whoever's in net, this is a team sport. We need a full team effort to win. And we need to have the confidence that they can win as a team. So, GO, CANUCKS, GO!
Go, Canucks, Go!
Every single one of them.
Thanks for the memories, Luo! :'(