Advantage Brodeur?

With the eyes of Team Canada’s decision makers all over Roberto Luongo on Tuesday night, he dropped the ball. The Vancouver Canucks hosted the struggling Detroit Red Wings last night, which gave Luongo a chance to showcase his skill to Team Canada’s executive director, Steve Yzerman, and head coach, Mike Babcock.

Leading 2-1 going into the 3rd period, Luongo allowed 4 goals on route to a 5-4 loss. Was this just an extension of Luongo’s slow start? Or is it another example of him cracking under the spotlight?

In last year’s playoffs, down 3 games to 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks, Game 6 was tied 3-3 going into the 3rd period. Vancouver went up 4-3, and then 5-4 at different points in the final frame. Luongo allowed three straight goals in a span of 3:17, giving the Hawks a 7-5 lead which eliminated them from playoff contention.

Obviously, the Red Wings management know better than to use one game as an example of a goalie’s overall ability, but they can’t deny Luongo’s inability to perform in the few big games that he has played in so far. Does that mean Martin Brodeur is the starter for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics? Actually, Broduer and the Devils have not made it past the 2nd round of the playoffs since the 2002-03 season when they won the Cup.

Team Canada might actually have a goaltending issue on their hands.

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