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Should Vancouver start Cory Schneider in Game 3? One columnist thinks so

Apr 14, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider Getty Images

After seeing the Los Angeles Kings take Game 2 over Vancouver and steal away to a 2-0 series lead, the questions about what to do about the Canucks are many. With Daniel Sedin now looking like he’ll be out for the rest of the first round, finding a new way to rally the team is proving to be tricky.

For Dan Murphy of Sportsnet, his solution to light a fire under the Canucks comes in a different form. He says Vancouver should give the Game 3 start in goal to Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo and this time it’s got nothing to do with how Luongo has played.

So why make the switch to Schneider if goaltending hasn’t been the problem?

Simply for the fact the Canucks need something to rally around. They need something to wake them up, something to shake them up. And for those of you who don’t think head coach Alain Vigneault would do that to Luongo, consider the fact he did it in Game 6 in the first round last season.

I know the circumstances are a little different as Luongo wasn’t as sharp after Game 5 of the Chicago series as he is now. But it shows that Vigneault has the stones to make the move. And I think he should.

It would be a very ballsy move by Vigneault to start Schneider but one that reeks of desperation. Without Sedin there to balance out the lines, shaking up the lines is the only other thing he’s really left to do to fire up the team and at this point, it may not be enough.

The problem here Vigneault faces should he start Schneider over Luongo and the Canucks rally, where does that leave Luongo? Luongo has played well through two games despite the losses and he’s clearly the No. 1 guy for Vancouver. Those are headaches to be had in the future, if necessary, but this is one desperate move that could have ugly consequences down the road.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Ah, creating a goalie controversy even when their isn’t one. Stuff like this is why I avoid Sportsnet like the plague. Shoddiest coverage of the sports world you can find. Connected is a joke, but apparently their publications are even worse.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Why remove the one working part of your team? I’m glad to see you have moronic columnists in Vancouver like we do in Boston. How do these idiots who know absolutely nothing about hockey stay employed in these roles?

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I am asking myself the same question also. good question

    • imleftcoast - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      You do it because you’re two-goalie sytem is one of your team’s strengths. You also do it because your team is not playing well in front of Luongo, even though he has played well himself. Finally, you do it because it will be too late if you’re down 3-0, and you desperately need to change the path your team is on.

      It isn’t one writer, it’s a consensus of writers. In a way, I’d admire Vigneault if he ignored the chatter in the media, but it’ll be his hide if he starts Luongo and the Canucks lose.

  3. loinstache - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Yes, because it works. Numerous times in this season Schneider has replaced Luongo and the team has woken up because of it. It’s unfortunate as it’s not at all on Luo, but the team tends to play with more urgency when Cory gets the nod. Weak situation for Luongo, but the team needs a fire underneath.

    • kitshky - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      On one hand I’m totally with you, a lot like pulling a goaltender even tho they’re down in a game despite his play … but this time I just think it’s time for this “mature” team to get it done on their own.

      Look at each other, realize your window of opportunity is rapidly closing and do it for themselves.

      Of course I’d also like a naked Irina Shayk to fly from the heavens and grant the city of Vancouver a Stanley Cup all the while granting peace on earth for all …

  4. phillyphever - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I’m just being greedy here since I have Schneider in my playoff challenge roster: please play Cory.

  5. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Go for it. Hope Schneider carries the team to the cup and then you dump Luongo in the offseason.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      With that contract? No chance! Vancouver will have that albatross around their neck for a long long time….especially if the NHL is successful in removing the salary floor.

  6. kitshky - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Right now they need a stabilizing force, not more chaos. They need to dictate the play, force the Kings to play their style of hockey, and stop this reactionary play.

    Lou’s been as solid as anyone can expect out of him, time to stop putting responsibility on the goaltenders and start lookin in the mirror boys.

  7. t16rich - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Lu has been the best player in 2 games, but a better team effort always seems to be given whenever Schneid starts. We need a big road game from him because our players are playing like a bunch of overpaid phony’s.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Many of them kind of are. Roughly half of the defensive corps, for instance.

  8. fruitsareedible - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I’d try and start some players who can stay on their skates. But maybe there’s a way to score goals when you send your stick flying across the ice as you’re spinning on your back on the ice that I don’t know about.

  9. tommytd - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Wake them up? They’re supposedly the best of the best. . . President’s Trophy winners and all that crap. What this team needs is a heart transplant!

    • danphipps01 - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      What it needs are players like Mike Richards and Dustin Brown. Clutch guys, difference-makers, guys who take the extra weight on their shoulders when that’s what it’s going to take to win. It needs players who don’t just turn off after a couple goals against and wait until the next game to try again.

  10. rwmilli - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    ^^ totally agree, we don’t have anyone to step up and handle the extra pressure, someone to lead by example and let the team know I got this boys. Someone like a jerome iginla would bring that type of leadership, I see Higgins trying. It’s hard to go to war when everyone’s running away. We need to step up, man up and play our game of hockey, the style that’s brought us 2 presidents trophys and to the cup finals. Guess we will see next game how they respond, but up until the last 2 minutes of game 2 I thought they looked done, halfway through the third it looked like they all just gave up.

  11. mucktuck - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    They should start Schneider. The Canucks need a shot of confidence. Lou has been good but 4 goals on 26 shots isn’t lights-out! The Nucks might have kept Schneids for when Lou has a meltdown but this would be a good time to use him too.

  12. crazemastercraze - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    said it before, this has the makings of the hockey version of Bledsoe-Brady!

  13. blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:05 AM


    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      As Daudon has remarked in a subsequent article, it’s obviously a given that the Canucks will counter with Schneider tomorrow night. In fact, I’m actually surprised by the naivety which so many of you reveal with your comments above ? … it’s like, are you people serious ? Make no mistake about it ! the 65 million dollar Pasta Man sits tomorrow night and Schneider plays ! This is going to be difficult for us LA Kings, no doubt. But if we’re going to dispatch you bastards once and for all, then we may as well do so against the best which you have to offer ! … the last thing we LA Kings fans need to hear are excuses from you people on the golf course this summer !

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