May 5, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on a shot by San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) during the second period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Cory Schneider Starts for Canucks in Game 4

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.

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.

In other news, defenceman Kevin Bieksa will play despite missing today’s morning skate. Either winger Steve Pinizzotto or centre Jordan Schroeder may draw into the lineup.

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