The Vancouver Canucks will start goaltender Cory Schneider in Game 4 against the San Jose Sharks tonight as they face elimination and a first round sweep.
“Cory is our MVP, he’s one of the reasons we’re in the playoffs. I’ve got a lot of faith in Cory and he’s in tonight” – Coach Vigneault
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) May 7, 2013
Schneider played well in Game 3 after Roberto Luongo started Games 1 and 2, but Schneider was shelled in the third period by the Sharks. Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau scored nine seconds apart early in the third period for the Sharks to take a commanding 4-1 lead. He was beat again by Couture later for a 5-1 Sharks lead before he was pulled for Luongo.
In Games 1 and 2, Luongo played some his best hockey all year and looked strong in relief of Schneider. He probably should have started on the merit of performance, but this is Schneider’s team. Luongo will be traded in the offseason. It doesn’t send a good message to your franchise goaltender when in a pivotal game like this he is on the bench.
Bieksa will play, according to Vigneault. He is contemplating one other change at forward. Maybe Schroeder in? #canucks
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) May 7, 2013
Like I said, just a guess on Pinizzotto as all the other black aces are on the ice and he isn’t. Chris Tanev came out at the end of skate.
— JAY JANOWER (@DOUBLEJGLOBALBC) May 7, 2013