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Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to get start against Edmonton Oilers

Sunday, 01.20.2013 / 4:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to get start against Edmonton Oilers

VANCOUVER - Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault announced that Roberto Luongo will get the start when the Canucks host the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

The Canucks are coming off an embarrassing 7-3 home loss to Anaheim in their season-opener Saturday, with starter Cory Schneider getting pulled in favour of Luongo after allowing five goals on 14 shots.

Luongo allowed two goals on 12 shots — both by Teemu Selanne — that gave the Ducks 6-2 and 7-3 leads.

"I had it figured out a couple of days ago, and nothing that happened (Saturday) night changed my mind," Vigneault told reporters after the team's morning skate.

Luongo, the Canucks' former No. 1, is on the trading block after being displaced by Schneider in last spring's playoffs.

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie