Canucks Look to Build on Game One Win Against Stars Print
Written by TheSpread   
Friday, 13 April 2007 04:35
NHL Headline News

Luongo Looks For Another Big Win

If Roberto Luongo was eager to gain some playoff experience, he got much more than he could've hoped for in his postseason debut.

Luongo and the Canucks look to build on a four-overtime victory when they host the Dallas Stars on Friday night in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Oddsmakers have made Vancouver -135 money line (NHL Odds) favorites for todays game, the over/under has been set at 5.5 total goals (View NHL Sports Books). Our public betting information shows that 58% of bets for this game have been placed on Dallas +115 (View NHL Bet Percentages).

One of the questions heading into this series was whether Luongo could play as well in the playoffs as he did during an outstanding 47-win regular season. Thursday's series opener was his first taste of postseason hockey after making 417 appearances over seven seasons with the New York Islanders, Florida and Vancouver.

Luongo wasn't spectacular during regulation, allowing four goals on 40 shots, including two scores just over five minutes apart in the third period that forced overtime. He was, however, the main reason teammate Henrik Sedin was able to give the Canucks a 5-4 victory with 1:54 left in the fourth overtime in the sixth-longest game in NHL history.

"It was a strange game," Sedin said. "Personally, I felt better the longer the game went. I got my legs going in the fifth and sixth period."

Luongo stopped all 36 shots after regulation and finished with 72 saves, one short of Kelly Hrudey's playoff record. Luongo did set the record for saves in a playoff debut and shattered Kirk McLean's franchise postseason record of 52 saves, set in Game 1 of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals.

"I got all the experience I needed in one game," Luongo said. "I think everybody was exhausted. It's a hard game to play. Guys were battling the whole time and trying not to make mistakes."

Sedin's goal was even more important because Vancouver squandered a two-goal lead in the third period. Veteran Trevor Linden, who turned 37 Wednesday, said a loss would have been devastating.

"It would have been very difficult to lose this game," Linden said. "To be up two and let that go, to lose would have been a bitter pill to swallow. It's nice we got the win and can move on."

Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who had a goal and an assist, admitted his team was frustrated by the loss after outshooting the Canucks 76-56 and dominating most of the overtime periods.

"I'd be lying if I said we weren't disappointed to not get the win," he said. "You have to think about it, park it, forget about it and move on. We're not hanging our heads. It's a long series. It's going to take four wins and we're not the type of team that's going to quit after losing one hockey game."

The playoffs remained unkind to Dallas netminder Marty Turco, who dropped to 2-9 in his last 11 postseason games despite stopping 51 shots. Turco has lost five consecutive overtime playoff contests.

"It's really disappointing right now," Turco said. "It's frustrating but I'm sure we'll turn it into a positive, too. We just have to find a way to get more pucks ... and sustain the pressure down there even more."

Dallas lost the opening game for the sixth straight playoff series, dating to the first round of the 2001 postseason. The Stars lost three overtime games in last season's first-round loss to Colorado and are 1-8 in their last nine postseason contests that reached overtime.

Vancouver played with a short bench for much of Game 1. Matt Cooke left late in the second period with a strained groin and did not return. Fellow left wing Alex Burrows left in the first overtime after he was checked hard into the glass by Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas.

The series shifts to Dallas for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.

by: Gary Roberts - theSpread.com - Email Us

More NHL Hockey coverage from theSpread.com

 - NHL Hockey news wire
 - NHL top stories
 - Current NHL injuries
 - NHL Hockey schedule
 - NHL Hockey standings
 - NHL goalie stats
 - NHL Hockey scoreboard
 - NHL Hockey odds
 - NHL public betting charts
 - Expert NHL Picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NHL Home

 

NHL Team Pages

Top NHL Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NHL Futures

NHL TEAM CUP FINALS ODDS CURRENT
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 13/2
LOS ANGELES KINGS 9/1
BOSTON BRUINS 10/1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 12/1
ST LOUIS BLUES 12/1
ANAHEIM DUCKS 12/1
SAN JOSE SHARKS 14/1
MINNESOTA WILD 16/1
NEW YORK RANGERS 16/1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com