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07:34 AM ET 12.06 | While many believe Team Canada's goaltender pecking order should rank Carey Price, Roberto Luongo and Mike Smith, Martin Brodeur begs to differ. "In my book, the No. 1 goaltending spot belongs to Roberto Luongo," the New Jersey Devils veteran told a Quebec radio station. "The job is his." ... [Luongo] carries the confidence of winning on the biggest stage. So, allowing three goals in 13 shots Saturday at Madison Square Garden before getting pulled doesn't rattle Luongo because he's playing in a new system where he doesn't see as many shots from the outside to get in an early rhythm. A first chance is often Grade A chance, and he's playing deeper in the net to react better to pucks that he needs to track. "I have a bit of a different approach than I had in the past," said Luongo.

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December 6, 2013  08:15 AM ET

"I have a bit of a different approach than I had in the past," said Luongo."

Doesn't seem to be working, bro.

December 6, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Most Canadian fans (me included) would be very nervous with Luongo in net at the Olympics. While he can be very good he can also be very bad. There just isn't a lot of trust in him.

Now, is there anybody better at this time? I just don't know. Big question mark going into February!

December 6, 2013  09:00 AM ET

Brodeur might know what he's talking about but I'm sure a genius front office exec knows so much more than the best goalie of this era.

December 6, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Brodeur might know what he's talking about but I'm sure a genius front office exec knows so much more than the best goalie of this era.

Well of course! Why trust the guy who only plays the game?

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December 6, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Nice game by the Habs last night for a good win, of course it was only the Bruins.

December 6, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Start him.

Every game.

Then you can all describe his inevitable collapse for me.

December 6, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Brodeur was also the guy who unjustly had the starting spot taken away from him and given to hometown boy Luongo in 2010.

Precisely.

They had to do something to drum up local interest for Limpic hockey.

December 6, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Brodeur was also the guy outplayed for the starting spot by Luongo in 2010.

Did Luongo win it or did Brodeur lose it?

December 6, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"I have a bit of a different approach than I had in the past," said Luongo."Doesn't seem to be working, bro.

Actually, it is to some degree as Lu is letting in far fewer ugly ones this year. Instead, his new quirk is to let in the first shot he faces which isn't always an ugly goal, just a back breaker for a team that can't play catch-up hockey.

December 6, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Brodeur was also the guy outplayed for the starting spot by Luongo in 2010.

Nice game last night, Danny... especially by "one of the most ballyhooed pretty good players in the league".




Sure hated losing Daley, though...

December 6, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Nice game by the Habs last night for a good win, of course it was only the Bruins.

Did not see the game. Did PK Slewfoot behave himself?

December 6, 2013  10:25 AM ET

I agree Carey Price should be the first choice as starter.

December 6, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Did PK Norris Winner behave himself?

He let the rest of the team do the dirty work.

December 6, 2013  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Did not see the game. Did PK Slewfoot behave himself?

Yes, actually the Canadiens held on for dear life in the 3rd, but a win....

December 6, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Nice game last night, Danny... especially by "one of the most ballyhooed pretty good players in the league". Sure hated losing Daley, though...

Maybe he has a 'double'

December 6, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Yes, actually the Canadiens held on for dear life in the 3rd, but a win....

There's always an exception... anytime Marchand got near him.

Anyone see anything about Boychuk. Looked totally innocent but the last time I saw someone who looked like and was breathing like that the started coughing up blood.

December 6, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Maybe he has a 'double'

That was a quote from "Razor" Reaugh last night... along with "at times in the game tonight, he's looked mystified defensively".


I'd feel a lot better about it had he not scored a couple of goals...

December 6, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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There's always an exception... anytime Marchand got near him.Anyone see anything about Boychuk. Looked totally innocent but the last time I saw someone who looked like and was breathing like that the started coughing up blood.

Never mind should have gone through all the threads first.

 
December 6, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

That was a quote from "Razor" Reaugh last night... along with "at times in the game tonight, he's looked mystified defensively". I'd feel a lot better about it had he not scored a couple of goals...

Otis,

Whose the "in-between" periods chick on the Dallas telecast?

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