So Roberto Luongo has been getting it from all angles as of late and Saturday’s game against the Sharks, an affair where he gave up 3 goals in a losing effort has ratcheted up the criticism. (Sidenote: I apologize for the lack of a Postscript for the San Jose game, I came down with something and was incapacitated for Saturday night/Sunday. Oops.) While I wasn’t a fan of the Marleau goal (which came after a smart play from Rob Blake, forcing Alex Edler to turn over the puck) and thought he ‘ran out of mulligans’ against the Oilers, I do think some of the criticism is being a little over the top.
Take, for example, Dave Hodge’s feature on TSN during the Edmonton game. Sold as looking for reasons as to why the Canucks won’t win the Cup this season, it quickly morphed into Hodge running Luongo down, claiming he is the reason why Vancouver won’t win the Cup. On Sunday during TSN’s The Reporters, Hodge brought up Luongo again with most of the guests taking their turn at bashing him. I understand there’ll always be differing opinions in the world of sport, you sort of have to wonder about the motivations of folks like Damien Cox, whose criticism of Luongo you have to take with a grain of salt.