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Luongo gets second start in three games for Canucks

by John Manasso /

NASHVILLE -- When he made his highly-publicized comments after the NHL Trade Deadline on April 3 about his frustration that his contract made it difficult for him to be moved, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was in the midst of a stretch of earning only one start in 11 games.

On Monday, when Vancouver visits the Nashville Predators, Luongo will start for the second time in three games. Last Wednesday, Luongo stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

"It gives him a chance to play," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. Number one goalie Cory Schneider "was on such a roll, and then he got sick and Louie came in and did an incredible job in Calgary for us, and that's what we expect tonight."

Vancouver continues a five-game road trip on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

"We've got back-to-back games," Vigneault said. "It's our last time this year and we're confident (Luongo)'s going to play real well for us."

After practice on Sunday, Luongo was asked if his preparation were any different in adjusting from going from a No. 1 to a backup.

"Not really," he said. "As far as when it's my turn to play, the preparation is still the same. But obviously, you want to make sure you put more emphasis on practice. Sometimes when you're playing all the time, maybe some practices you want to conserve some energy or whatnot. When you're not playing as much, you want to make sure you dedicate every practice to working as hard as you can, stopping every shot, and when time calls for it, do some extra work."

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