Vancouver loves its backups.

Maybe that's why now it's so easy to love Roberto Luongo.

Or maybe it's this: In what may have been his last public appearance as a Canuck, Luongo had one of his finest moments.

It may have been different than than his 17 overtime saves against San Jose in the playoffs, Game 7 against Chicago, or his 2007 postseason. But it was no less memorable.

That's because it was about more than the game. It was about friendship. It was about class, unselfishness and putting ego aside. It was about maturity, and mutual admiration. And it was about the team, above all else.