Kings Ready to Pop Off against Canucks in Playoffs
In the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs both the Kings and the Vancouver Canucks have to questions at the net, but that is certainly not the only factor in this playoff series.
In their last game of their season series, the Canucks came into town with their chests out having beaten the Kings up to that point. Coming off of a one-goal performance against the Phoenix Coyotes, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo gave up eight goals to a desperate Kings team on April Fools’ Day for the 8-3 loss.
“When I was in Florida we traded for Luongo from the Islanders, so I know the quality guy and goaltender that he is,” Kings head coach Terry Murray said after that game. “He’s a world class goaltender, and maybe we just caught him in a situation.”
After all, the 30-year old Luongo was the gold medal winning goalie for the Canadian hockey team in Vancouver replacing Martin Brodeur after that embarrassing 5-3 loss to Team USA in group play. However after giving up those eight goals, Luongo would play in only three games thereafter all at home winning twice against the hapless Minnesota and Calgary teams and losing in a shootout to Colorado.