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Yup, Vancouver is starting Cory Schneider in Game 3

Apr 15, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

Cory Schneider AP

After all the speculation after Vancouver’s Game 2 loss to Los Angeles and getting down 2-0 in the series, the one move coach Alain Vigneault could make to try and shift momentum will happen.

Vigneault announced Cory Schneider will get the start in goal for Game 3 in Los Angeles changing spots with Roberto Luongo. Luongo didn’t play poorly in Games 1 and 2 but without Daniel Sedin to fall back on in the series and no other ways to light a fire under the team, putting Schneider in is the one move that even remotely made sense.

Some columnists speculated Vigneault could go with this move and supported doing so out of desperation. That said, it’s still a desperate move from Vancouver and one that they’re hoping gets them a win tonight or else they’ll be staring elimination in the face in Game 4.

  1. tackledummy1505 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Flyers of the West doing it up. I know for sure Richards has the will to bring a team to the table to light it up in the playoffs. Doesn’t hurt either to have 1, if not the best goalie in this season between the pipes for you. Can’t wait to watch this game as well.

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Quick Rules ! … Luongo pumps tires …

  2. WeWantTheCup - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Both goalies give them a chance to win but some of the blame for lighting a fire under these guys belongs with the men wearing the letters on there shoulders.

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      It’s not Henrik’s fault … rather it’s the fault of the $65,000,000.00 “tire pumper” ! :)

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    So what happens in Game 4 after they lose this one?

    • tommytd - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      …they break up the sisters, that’s what they do!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Duncan Keith already took care of that.

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      we can only hope friend …

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Well that’s good news…the world can breathe easier and we can go back to worrying about famine, war and the high price of beer?

  5. northstars17 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Luongo has been playing great, what are they stating Schnieder for?

    • cableguymike - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Gives the team a different look. Follow @kevinisingoal for great commentary on the differences in style between the two and why this is a good move.

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      not true … Richard’s cheeky snapshot between the Michelin Man’s pads in game one proved to all that he’s nothing special … no tears from me though, as the fool paying him the big bucks is a gangster in no uncertain terms …

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Panic move. The Kings sniff weakness.

    • cableguymike - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      How is this a panic move? Look at Schneider’s numbers and some of the big games he’s played this season. Not to mention his road stats. The Canucks have used him a lot this season and this is no different.

      Calling this desperate is the equivalent of calling the Blues desperate for going with Elliott over Halak. I call it a luxury.

      • odj810 - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

        I agree. I remember last year in the cup finals I did not want to see schnieder start a game. He is a very good goalie.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        Halak got hurt. Kind of a different situation. This move shows that the Canucks have lost their faith in Luongo. Again. And this isn’t the regular season. It’s the playoffs.Enjoy.

      • cableguymike - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        You are totally missing the point. Even if Halak didn’t got injured they could have turned to Elliott LIKE THEY HAVE ALL SEASON and no one would have blinked an eye. That’s a luxury a team like Pittsburgh would love to have had today I’m sure.

        It has nothing to do with showing no faith in Lou. He’s played well so far. The fact is that Schneider’s style gives the Canucks a different look. It’s a team game afterall and sometimes you have to make those changes. Have you watched any of these games or do you just go around commenting from out of your ass?

        I can tell you right now that if Schneider falters the Canucks will have no issues putting Lou back in for Game 4.

      • hawkeytown - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        ….it’s a luxury if you figure out how to solve Quick

      • cableguymike - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

        Solving Quick isn’t the issue. Execution is. The guy spends 80% of the game crouched on the ice. Get the puck up and you’ll light him up. If you get him moving side to side he tends to over commit and opens up the top half of the net as well. Canucks just haven’t gotten it done so far and they know it.

      • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        “or do you just go around commenting from out of your ass?” …

        @cableguy – If anybody’s comments around here are the equivalent to a fart, then those would be “yours” and yours alone ! The “brother who loves ice” is exactly correct by pointing out that the Canucks have now lost faith in Luongo. Normally a goalie change like this isn’t such a big deal. For your Canucks however this is a big deal, as this demotion is now really casting doubt on the wisdom of the entire $65 million committed to this clown … but that’s a barrel of laughs for another day, eh ? Tonight the Canucks are going with their true # 1 and that is of concern for us Kings fans. We know that we’ve a difficult night of work ahead for us … and Schneider starting will only make it that much harder. Nonetheless, we can beat you people ! … and God willing, we will beat you people “very badly” tonight !

        like, duh … obviously the Canucks won’t have a problem putting Pasta Man back in for game 4 if Schneider fails tonight … who else is going to go in ? … Bieksa ? …. perhaps the mobster Aquilini himself ?

      • drewzducks - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        Hey Blomfeld go with Bieksa ? Did you not see him cower away from that game 1 slapshot from Mitchell I think. Way to man up Kevin. Must have learned that from the sisters. Charlie Simmer rules !!

  7. oside760 - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM


  8. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Like I wrote before the playoffs started, Luongo is the Canucks weak link. But you got Zack Kassian from Buffalo.

    • buckeye044 - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      I think the Sedin’s are the weak link. They don’t like the physical game and when one is missing the other stands around and becomes just another guy on the ice.

      • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        that’s not true friend … without the Sedin brothers the Canucks are nothing, while without Luongo this year, they’re 20-8-1 …

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        They play a European style which works in regular season but gets beaten down in the playoffs.

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      only a few weeks ago here in Vancouver, Kardashian was being touted as the second coming of the Messiah … it’s funny how that’s now changed, as we don’t hear a thing about him anymore ? … just like we no longer hear about Luongo being “the best goalie on the planet” ? … very quizzical to say the least :)

  9. cableguymike - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Time to stop drinking and posting Bloomberg.

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