LOSE AS A TEAM
After their third straight loss (0-3-0), the Canucks are starting to feel the media scrutiny surrounding the team’s inability to win games as of late. But as the media start to point fingers, the club remains solid winning and losing as a team.
“None of [the responsibility] is [Luongo’s],” said Alex Burrows of the teams slow start. “We win as a team and we lose as a team. I think Roberto is going to win more games for us than he’s going to lose them. We think he’s the best goalie in the league and he’s going to bounce back from yesterday’s game. [We] can’t blame him at all.”
“We know we have a good team in here,” explained Henrik Sedin. “It’s just a matter of the guys in here putting a 60 minute effort on the ice. We know we’re going to be fine. It’s a team game…it’s not [Luongo’s] fault.”
Luongo, who was pulled yesterday after letting in 4 goals on 12 shots, had the team’s support as they shouldered the blame together, despite the media’s focus on Luongo.
“When you play good it’s always too positive,” said Daniel Sedin. “When you’re not playing that good it’s always the other way around. I think as a team we haven’t played good enough…it’s a tough position to be in for Lui, but he’s shown he’s a great goalie and he’ll come back. I think as a team, we’ve got to be better too.”
“I can’t be good if my teammates aren’t good in front of me, and my teammates can’t be good if I’m not good behind them,” said Roberto Luongo post practice Tuesday afternoon.
“[Goaltenders are] the last line of defence and [they’re] the one that’s always going to be put in the spotlight, and that’s fine. I can handle that.”
Mason Raymond, who replaced Sergei Shirokov skating alongside Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson midway through yesterday’s game, played well generated 12 scoring chances, but had trouble finishing.
“With Mase on our line it gave us a little more speed,” said Ryan Kesler. “He’s a good player that’s pretty offensive and it helped us a lot.”v
“There’s a lot of upside there…sometimes those guys that seem to have that skill set, that upside, you want to give them a chance,” said head coach AV on Shirokov’s potential. “We’ve given Sergei, so far, a pretty good chance, and it hasn’t panned out maybe the way we wanted it to.”
Shirokov, who led team scoring during pre-season (2-5-7), hasn’t been able to capitalize on his earlier success.
“The tempo from exhibition to regular season is obviously not the same, and he’s a young player coming into the best league in the world,” said Vigneault. “Some can do the adjustment rather quickly, some other guys it takes more time.”
GLASS TO SEE GAME ACTION
Forward Tanner Glass is expected to see game action tomorrow night against the Canadiens. Vigneault, who was tight lipped on revealing any lineup changes, did admit Glass’ presence could energize the team and provide much needed spunk.
“[Glass] was a very effective player during training camp,” said Vigneault. “He’s got some NHL experience, and if he does go in he should be able to help us.”
Sami Salo, who played his 600th game last night against the Blue Jackets, did not practice with the team this morning. He will play Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens.