Canucks coach Alain Vigneault announced today that Roberto Luongo would make his second straight in goal when the Avalanche visit Rogers Arena tonight.
“My decision,” explained Vigneault. “It’s just my call. Got back yesterday and that’s what I decided.”
Without the trade speculation surrounding Luongo, the decision would make perfect sense. Quite simply, Luongo (0-0-2, .917 save percentage) has been better than Cory Schneider (2-2-0, .897) so far this season.
Monday in Los Angeles, Luongo was named second star after stopping 26 of 28 Kings shots in a 3-2 shootout loss.
Schneider’s last start, a 4-1 loss Sunday in San Jose, was decidedly less successful.
But with the Canucks actively trying to trade Luongo, Vigneault’s decision is predictably receiving its share of attention.
More AV on starting Luongo: I’ m not going to get into all the logistics of what goes into making a decision.” #topsecret#vansuncanucks
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.