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Roberto Luongo is a name that constantly surfaces when discussing the best goaltenders in the NHL. His regular season statistics are more than impressive, he's helped the Vancouver Canucks become legitimate contenders for the Stanley Cup and he's even captained his squad.
The fact that he's overrated isn't generated by a lack of skill, but rather an inability to win when he's most needed. Say what you will about the gold medal in Vancouver, but the final two wins for Team Canada were almost losses, as Luongo let Slovakia crawl back from a 3-0 deficit and let the United States tie the game up with seconds left.
The recent Stanley Cup playoffs tell the same tale, as twice Luongo let in at least six goals and was pulled several times for backup Cory Schneider. In Game 7, Luongo was nowhere to be found, letting in more than a few terrible goals, and he was eventually forced to watch Boston hoist the cup.
There shouldn't be any excuses for Luongo either. He's one of the biggest and most skilled goalies in the league, he plays on arguably the best roster in hockey and receives enough opportunities to prove he can handle the pressure.
Well, he hasn't so far, and he'll need to destroy his reputation of being a choke artist before talk of being one of the greatest goaltenders can solidify.