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Author: Kevin Woodley

Luongo surrenders captaincy to get teammate out from under the bus

The biggest reason Roberto Luongo surrendered the Canucks captaincy after just two seasons was the perception – both from the outside and beginning to creep into parts of the locker room – that anytime he criticized the team’s defensive play as the captain, he was throwing teammates “under the bus” as a goalie. Of the long list of people Luongo talked about consulting while agonizing over the decision throughout the summer, including friends, family and teammates, the two that spoke to both insisted that was his biggest concern. Luongo himself went back and forth talking about the organization’s spin that it was because of too much media demands on his time, towing the company line about it being a “distraction” in one breath, and insisting it never affected his play in the next. And he was adamant that relinquishing the “C” he wore for proudly on the chin of his mask since 2008 “really had nothing to do with pressure.” But on the two occasions he was asked about the perception that he was too critical of teammates, Luongo was at his most impassioned and definitive. “I’m accountable for my actions and I’m always the first to admit when I could be better,” said the 30-year-old, “But at the same time when you are the captain and you are asked on a daily basis what the team can...

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What’s in the bag? Thomas and Tuukka talk equipment

When it comes to equipment, Tim Thomas was looking for a pad to suit his style. Boston’s award-winning goaltender found it in a Vaughn. “I was basically looking for a pad that didn’t make me play a certain way,” said Thomas. “I have a unique style as everybody knows and I was looking always for the best pad you can get, but one that doesn’t force me to play a certain way, that allows me to play the way that I want to play. Obviously you want a pad that if you do happen to be playing that type of butterfly game, it rotates well for that, but also lets you have options.” For the athletic Thomas that means a pad that reacts with him, and allows him to wear it a little tighter than some of the looser-fitting options. “The past couple years I actually had to get used to wearing pads relatively loose and that’s part of why I switched to the Vaughn,” he said “I could wear it a little bit tighter. I don’t want it too tight, where you are actually working against the pad in movement and takes extra energy, but one I could wear a little bit tighter so I can feel the support so when I go down in a butterfly. I know your body gets the signals that the pad is...

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Luongo steps out Brodeur’s shadow with Olympic gold

Roberto Luongo waited his entire career for a chance to step out of the Martin Brodeur’s shadow, between the pipes and into a championship-game spotlight. He finally got that opportunity on the Olympic stage, playing in his hometown NHL arena with local fans loudly screaming “Luuu” every time he touched the puck and an entire country holding its breath with every save he made. Luongo took over Canada’s crease after Brodeur struggled in a 5-3 loss to the U.S. in the final preliminary game. And with national pride on the line, he won four-straight elimination games, putting the exclamation point on a gold medal with 34 saves in a memorable 3-2 overtime victory over the U.S. on Sunday. “You work your whole life for a moment like this and it’s great to get rewarded,” Luongo told inGoal after speaking to the rest of the media, his voice cracking as he fought back tears. “There are so many thoughts going through my head, thinking about so many people that helped me out along the way.” None of those thoughts were of the many that questioned his ability to win a big game. The answer was hanging from his neck Sunday. “I’ll leave it up to you guys to be the judge of that,” Luongo said when asked what the win meant for his legacy. “But I got a gold medal...

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Olympic Final Post-Game Interviews with Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller

See Kevin’s latest story on the game, just published this morning. Check out our pre-game interviews with Roberto and Ryan as well. Roberto Luongo An obviously emotional Roberto Luongo was fighting back tears as he spoke with inGoal’s Kevin Woodley after the Gold Medal Game. inGoal: How does it feel to be an Olympic Champion? “it’s unreal. You work your whole life for a moment like this and it’s great to get rewarded.” inGoal: What happened with the Pavelski shot in overtime? “He got the puck in the slot and I knew he was going to shoot it right away by the spin-o-rama move he made. I was able to get an elbow on it and it stayed in front of me and kept the play going.” “it’s unreal. You work your whole life for a moment like this and it’s great to get rewarded.” inGoal: This was your first chance to be the go to guy on such a big stage? “Right now there is so many thoughts going through my head, and thinking about so many people that helped me out along the way and it’s just a great feeling.” inGoal: What did you think of Ryan Miller’s performance? “He played unreal, he’s been playing unreal all year, giving his team a chance to win every night and as a goaltender that’s what you have to do.” inGoal: What now? “I...

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Canada’s and Luongo’s Olympics saved by IIHF-mandated equipment change

See also – inGoal interviews with Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller Luongo’s Interpretation of IIHF Rulebook may have resulted in game-saving stop on Demitra Roberto Luongo’s sprawling glove stab off Slovakia’s Pavol Demitra on Friday night may yet go down as the stop of the Olympics for Canada, a game-saving act of desperation that left an entire nation holding its breath and put them into the gold-medal game. As nice as Luongo’s save was – a mirror image of the egregiously soft sharp-angle goal that made it necessary – it came with an unlikely assist. Turns out Luongo might not have made the stop, and Canada might not be playing for gold, if not for an odd International Ice Hockey Federation equipment rule that forced him to swap out his usual Reebok glove for an earlier model. Only his puck-stopping peers may have noticed this, but Luongo has switched from the Reebok P3 glove he wears with the Canucks to a P2 with Team Canada. When inGoal magazine asked Luongo about the switch after practice Saturday, he said it was because IIHF rules mandated a separate cuff on the glove, which the new one-piece P3 does not have. And while a review of the IIHF rulebook didn’t make that clear beyond showing a picture of a cuffed glove – after all the pads they showed were from the late-90s...

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Lots of love for Jacob Markstrom’s beautiful new Bauer Vapor 1X custom graphics, but did you know he wasn’t really the first to wear it? When we talked to him around Christmas about the custom design we knew was coming, he said it was already on the pads worn by fellow Swede Filip Gustavsson at the World Junior Hockey championships. Look closely at the background graphic of Gustavsson’s pads (scroll through) and other than eliminating the solid block on the top corners, looks like he was right. Still gorgeous though. #InGoalisInTheRoom

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