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Don Cherry says it's not Luongo, it's the scorers

Don Cherry came out in strong support of Roberto Luongo on Saturday night. The Vancouver Canucks goaltender, down 2-0 in the series with San Jose, continues to take heat from team fans and critics for his play in both the post-season and the regular schedule.

Vancouver's problems are a lack of scoring, not goaltending

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, here in the first period of Game 2 against San Jose, is not the trouble so far in this post-season, says Don Cherry. It's the lack of output from the scorers. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Don Cherry came out in strong support of Roberto Luongo on Saturday night.

The Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender, down 2-0 in the club’s series with San Jose, continues to take heat from team fans and critics for his play in both the post-season and the regular schedule.

But the Coach’s Corner personality says blame really lies with the Canucks’ shooters.

"Let me say something about Roberto Luongo. I’ve never met the guy, but I cannot believe all year we’ve heard ‘Robert Luongo … oh he’s not playing well, let’s get [Cory] Schneider in there,’" said Cherry.

"Vancouver, it’s not your goaltender, it’s the guys who lead your [team] in scoring, aren’t scoring."

Luongo, who was the subject of heavy trade speculation during the lockout and up to the deadline in this shortened season, became the team’s starter when Schneider went down late in the year with what may or may not be a toe injury. The team won’t say.

In his two playoff starts, Luongo has faced 64 shots and allowed six goals while his teammates have put 58 shots on the San Jose net and put three in.

Ryan Kesler has two goals, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin have an assist each in the series.

"So, let’s get that right," Cherry said. "It’s not the goalie. Forget the goalie. Let’s get scoring some goals."

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