Game Recap:Vancouver Defeats Columbus 4-1

Cody Hodgson faceoffs against Antoine Vermette. (Justin K. Aller, Getty Images).

Tuesday night in Vancouver once again Cory Schneider got the start and he is fighting, fighting to remain the Canuck’s number one goaltender. Schneider made 47 saves to bring the Canuck’s to their fifth straight win with a 4-1 defeat over Columbus. Tell me again why he was only named the 2nd star of the week? Watch out Luongo, you have bigger competition now than you did against Martin Brodeur during the 2010 Olympics.

Schneider came close to another shutout, but not close enough. Sammy Pahlsson scored a shorthanded goal 4:27 into the third period. Canuck goals by Daniel Sedin, David Booth, Ryan Kesler, and Alex Burrows (empty net). Fortunately Alex Burrows was ok after having an injured finger last game. Unfortunately this meant that Mason Raymond stayed out of the Canuck’s line-up. Mason Raymond hasn’t played since game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals because he suffered a fractured vertebra.

Mason Raymond after his injury in game 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Canuck’s coach Alain Vigneault is a fan of the “never change a winning line-up” protocol, which is why Raymond hasn’t dressed up just yet. Another win tonight means another game Raymond will have to sit out, unless there is a sudden injury in the line up.

Honourable mentions:

Daniel Sedin scored his first goal in 9 games.

After a slow start, Ryan Kesler has 6 points in 5 games.

Sami Salo left the game in the third period due to injury and did not return.

Canucks still two points back behind the division leading Minnesota Wild

First Star: Cory Schneider

Second Star: Ryan Kesler

Third Star: Ryan Johansen

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