When Roberto Luongo smashed his stick in disdain after getting the hook Tuesday in Edmonton, it was another rallying point for his detractors to suggest the struggling starting goaltender was unravelling like a ball of string.

Darren Pang saw something else in the reaction after Luongo allowed three goals on 14 shots against the Oilers.

"I liked that — I loved it," said the former NHL goaltender and well-respected commentator for a host of TV networks and the St. Louis Blues. "If he were to have just meekly gone to the bench and took off his mask and put on a ball cap and sat in the corner, I would have been disturbed. I was thoroughly waiting for a reaction and that's the reaction I was hoping to get."