If someone looking at Roberto Luongo's stats had never watched hockey, or at least hadn't paid attention to the Finals, they'd see this stat line:
15-10, four shutouts, .914 save percentage, 2.56 GAA
Luongo was second in the NHL in wins and tied for first in shutouts. His save percentage was ranked seventh, while his GAA was ranked eighth.
The oblivious person looking at his stats might go "Hey, that's not bad at all!"
Luongo's stats are definitely solid, but as we know, statistics don't tell the whole story.
He was pulled three times in the postseason, starting with Game 4 against Chicago when he made 22 saves on 28 shots. He didn't even get to start Game 6 that round and only got to see the ice because Cory Schneider got injured.
Luongo appeared to silence his critics during the next two rounds against the Nashville Predators and the Sharks, but things got ugly again in the Finals.
In Game 3, he was not pulled from the game, but he gave up eight goals, making 30 saves on 38 shots. However, he was pulled in Game 4 after allowing four goals on 20 shots as the Bruins tied the series with a 4-0 shutout victory.
Luongo was sent to the bench in Game 6 after allowing three goals on eight shots in the first period. The kicker was that the three goals came 3:04 apart in the opening frame.
He could not rebound in Game 7, either, surrendering three goals on 20 shots as the Bruins again won 4-0 and captured the Stanley Cup.
Going into the playoffs, some felt Luongo could perform in big games and had shed his choker label. After all, he had played in the gold medal game in the 2010 Olympics, in Vancouver no less, where Canada won the top prize.
Canucks fans are still waiting for Luongo to lead them to a Stanley Cup, and he needs to put pressure on himself to get over this hurdle.