If Roberto Luongo was trying to prove to fans that he had forgotten about the playoffs.. well.. insert your own pithy comment in here.
Luongo was shaky-very shaky- and the Canucks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout. Despite Luongo, the Canucks showed toughness and resilience, however, they also took dumb penalties at dumb times. Worse, they couldn't kill them off.
First, however, the game.
James Neal started the party by scoring his first of the season 5:04 into the game. Neal threw a shot at the net from a bad angle. It bounced off Luongo's back leg and trickled in. Not the best way to ring in the new season.
Both the mornings and evenings have begun to get cooler, and with that slight change in tempearture, hockey seems to be getting closer and closer to returning. The back half of August is upon us, and maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most important player for both this and future seasons remains unsigned.
Luke Schenn has developed into a cornerstone member of the Leafs. He is valuable on the ice, having led the league in hits by a defenceman last season with 251. As well as off the ice, being the longest serving Leaf (along with Kulemin and Grabovski) a strong character like Schenn’s is necessary in one of the youngest dressing rooms ...