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article imageRoberto Luongo now all-time leader in wins for Vancouver Canucks

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 22, 2012 in Sports
Roberto Luongo, still criticized despite stellar play, is now the winningest goalie in Vancouver Canuck history. Luongo and the Canucks beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Jan. 21 and the win vaulted him past Kirk McLean to the top of the franchise win list.
“It’s a great honor,” Luongo said about his feat. “We’ve had a great team here since I’ve been here. Looking forward to winning many more.”
Luongo has 212 wins as a Vancouver Canuck, eclipsing McLean's mark of 211 that has lasted since McLean's last game as a Canuck in 1998. Luongo has the lead despite playing 185 fewer games in a Vancouver Canuck uniform than McLean did, though he has had better teams in front of him. Arriving in Vancouver in 2006 from Florida in the Todd Bertuzzi deal, the Canucks have had a winning record each year since, missing the playoffs only in 2007-08.
Vancouver Canucks: goalies and the Cup final
Each of the elite goalies have taken Vancouver to the Stanley Cup final, Luongo last season and McLean in 1994. The goalie with the third highest win total as a Canuck is Richard Brodeur, who took Vancouver to the final in 1982 and had 126 career wins as a Canuck. The Canucks have never won the Cup.
In addition to leading the franchise in most wins, Luongo also leads in most shutouts, 28-20, also over McLean. McLean leads the franchise in arguably the most important stat, however: playoff wins; he has 34 but Luongo is just 2 wins behind. For his career overall, Luongo has 327 NHL regular season wins. He's also the leader in goalies wins for the Florida Panthers with 108 and shutouts with 26. The native of Montreal was drafted in 1997 by the New York Islanders and played his first 24 NHL games with that franchise.
As of this writing this season he is 19-10-4-2 with a 2.41 GAA and a .917 SP in 33 games; he has 2 shutouts this season.
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