BOSTON (AP) - Roberto Luongo is not panicking after watching all those pucks go whizzing by him.
It’s just one loss, Vancouver’s goalie said, no matter how lopsided.
He has a day to erase those images from his mind, forget the 8-1 rout by the Boston Bruins on Monday night and prepare to play much better for the Canucks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.
“Obviously, we’re all disappointed with the result, but a loss is a loss whether we lose in overtime or 8-1,” Luongo said. “It’s a loss. We move on and get ready for the next game.”
The Canucks are still in decent shape with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Win the next game and they can clinch their first NHL championship on Friday night at home.
“Luckily, we are not playing with an aggregate score,” Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. “Next game is huge for us and if we take care of that, we are in a great position.”
Luongo had a career-best 2.11 goals-against average in the regular season and 2.16 in the playoffs before Game 3.
But he was in some uncomfortable positions Monday night _ flat on his back, reaching to his side and sprawling in his crease to try and stop Bruins shots. He stopped just 30 of their 38.
After a scoreless first period, he allowed four goals in the second and four more in the last 8 1/2 minutes of Boston’s first home game of the series.
“I’ve been through it a few times in my career,” Luongo said with a chuckle. “So I know what I need to do, and I’ll be ready for Game 4.”
In the opening round against Chicago, he won the first three games before his performance nose-dived. He was pulled from the next two games and didn’t even start Game 6, although he came in after Cory Schneider experienced cramps. The Blackhawks won them all.
“If you look at his stats, I think after a game like this, which has happened before, he’s usually extremely good,” Canucks forward Henrik Sedin said. “Nothing falls on his shoulders. We didn’t play good enough as a team and he’s a guy back there that’s going to have bad stats tonight, but the team in front of him wasn’t good enough.”
Not even close.
Andrew Ference scored the first goal after Alexander Edler broke his stick trying to clear the puck. Brad Marchand got the third on an exceptional solo charge in which he received his own ricochet off the sideboards and got by Edler and Ryan Kesler.