Roberto Luongo on loss to Bruins: ‘This one’s 100 percent on me’
|02.04.14 at 11:38 pm ET|
Milan Lucic said Monday that “people point the finger too much” at Roberto Luongo, but on Tuesday it was Luongo who pointed the finger at himself.
The Vancouver netminder played at TD Garden Tuesday for the first time since Game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, and just like in that game, he lost.
Luongo made 29 saves on 32 shots, allowing three goals in a 3-1 Bruins win. Even though one of the Bruins goals came on a breakaway, Luongo said the loss was his fault after the game.
“I think this one’s 100 percent on me,” Luongo told reporters. “I wasn’t too good out there tonight. Wasn’t tracking well, my reads were off. … I didn’t skate this morning and I just didn’t feel like myself out there, so disappointing performance for me here. I thought the guys deserved better.”
Canucks coach John Tortorella disagreed that Luongo lost the team the game, though he did see him as part of a sequence that lost the team the game.
With the B’s holding a 1-0 lead in the second period, Daniel Sedin had a shorthanded breakaway on which he was stopped by Tuukka Rask. The B’s took it the other way and Jarome Iginla scored to make it a two-goal game. As Tortorella saw it, the Canucks needed either Sedin or Luongo to step up in that instance, and they didn’t.
“To me, the game changes. We need another big offensive play,” Tortorella said. “Danny has a chance to make that. I think we need another save from Louie. I don’t think one person determines winning or losing a game, but that to me is the game tonight. I think both teams are pretty much even in chances, we don’t get one or two more big offensive plays and we don’t get one of two saves, they do and that’s where were that. So I appreciate Louie saying that, but this is a team thing here that we’re going through and we’ll go through it together.”
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