Luongo 'pissed' he was benched for Canucks-Senators Heritage Classic

Vancouver Canucks goalies Eddie Lack (left) and Roberto Luongo head to the locker room for the...

Vancouver Canucks goalies Eddie Lack (left) and Roberto Luongo head to the locker room for the second intermission during the Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver, March 2, 2014. (ANNE-MARIE SORVIN/USA Today)

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, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

Vancouver hockey fans weren’t happy to see Roberto Luongo ride the pine during Sunday afternoon’s Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators.

Same goes for the Canucks netminder himself.

“Louie’s pissed,” Vancouver head coach John Tortorella revealed after his team’s 4-2 loss. “He’s not happy. He’s proud. I get that.”

Fans also voiced their displeasure at seeing the No. 1 goalie on the bench. Cries of “Luuuuu!” echoed inside BC Place when Lack was introduced as the starter and throughout the game.

Despite Lack’s struggles during the outdoor match, Tortorella said he’d give his rookie backup the nod again if he had a do-over.

“(Lack) deserved to play this game,” Tortorella said. “But Louie has done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s been a pro.”

Prior to Sunday, the 26-year-old Lack had been stellar for the Canucks coming out of the Olympic break. In two games, he helped the club to a shutout win and 2-1 shootout loss.

If there’s one thing Canucks fans – and Luongo – are used to it’s goalie controversy. After the Cory Schneider episode last season, it’s easy to understand why many are sensitive to the issue.

Lack, for his part, took things in stride.

“It’s their opinion and if they want to give a ‘Lu’ chant, I am OK with it,” he said.


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