I don't think calling Luongo the best player in the world is laughable at all. Calling Pavel Datsuk, that is laughable. Good player, for sure. But he's on the best, deepest team in the world. Datsuk would be a solid player anywhere else, tho if he was in Phoenix you wouldn't even know who he was, but he is hardly the kind of player who can single handedly carry a team. You want proof? If Datsuk was out for this playoffs, would it change Detroits fortunes? I don't think so at all. People don't fear Datsuk, they fear the Wings as a team.
Luongo, on the other hand, can, and does carry the canucks. He is the Canucks. People don't fear the canucks, they fear Luongo. Your point about his past playoff performances? Thats laughable. In the three years that Luongo has been a Canuck, they've captured the division title twice, once with a really mediocre team in front of him. In that first series he carried the team to the second round and stopped about 40 shots in each game, just in regulation. Sure, he blew it at the end of last year, but his wife was having a complicated pregnancy and again, he had no scoring forwards in front of him. There is no other player in the league who can do the same thing without another superstar with him. Syd? Not without Malkin. Tim Thomas? Certainly not without ALL of the other bruins in front of him. We'll see about Ovechkin, but with one goal in 7 games, he's hardly been a force against the Rangers this playoffs. Brodeur? Just got beaten by Cam Ward. Iginla (the best forward in the league imo)/Kiprusoff/Phaneuf? Playing golf right now.
Luongo is the best player in the league because he single handedly elevates his team, not the other way around.
Canucks in 6.
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