Luongo: No rest needed

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Surely goaltender Roberto Luongo has earned himself a rest after leading his Vancouver Canucks to clinching a playoff berth.

Not so, says "Bobby Lu."

He could start his 71st game tonight against Los Angeles Kings (7:30 p.m. Team 1040/Sportsnet).

"If [head coach Alain Vigneault] decides he wants to rest me one night or two nights, that's his decision," Luongo said yesterday. "My energy level is really high, and I'm really excited to get out on the ice. I don't feel the need to take any rest."

Luongo has major junior, minor pro and international playoff experience, but never played in the NHL's post-season tournament as a New York Islander or Florida Panther.

He will get his first shot this year with the Canucks.

"I've been working my whole career to finally get there," he said.

Luongo and New Jersey Devil Martin Brodeur, tied with 44 wins, both have a chance to break Bernie Parent's 1973-1974 single-season record of 47. Luongo, however, has 15 wins beyond regulation time. Parent's record was set a decade before overtime was introduced.

"I don't really look at that record with all that seriousness," Luongo said. "I think now with shootout wins ... it kind of diminishes it."


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