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Schneider gets yanked after allowing five goals

Jan 19, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider Getty Images

Cory Schneider‘s tenure as the Vancouver Canucks starting goaltender is off to a rocky start. Schneider allowed five Anaheim goals on 14 shots, including three goals within the span of 3:04 in the second period before getting pulled in favor of Roberto Luongo.

Schneider was playing in his first game since inking a three-year, $12 million contract extension over the summer. The deal — combined with Luongo’s struggles in the playoffs — led to speculation that the Canucks were going to trade Luongo and fully commit to the Schneider era.

In the end, the Vancouver Canucks entered the season with both goaltenders. Despite the awkward situation, Luongo hasn’t put pressure on Canucks GM Mike Gillis to trade him and, in turn, Gillis has downplayed the trade rumors.

In the end, maybe entering the season with two capable starting goaltenders won’t prove to be such a bad idea, even if their combined annual cap hit is an unsettling $9,333,333.

  1. zetaone - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Only Simpsons fans will get the entire reason why this clip fits.. but Luongo is Ray Patterson

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      Schneider and his crazy promises.

      • adlent - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        I wouldn’t get too concerned. It is the first game back with no exhibition games. A lot of teams looked off/sloppy. Jonathan Quick got torched, Lundqvist had 3 hung on him, Holtby allowed 6. There were several lopsided scores. Some teams may need a few games to get into the groove.

      • vbcaps - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Howard in Detroit got scorched for big time as well

  2. mudkip23 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Can you say drama?

    • elvispocomo - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      No, but I can say defence. Sloppy positional play and half hearted efforts led to most of the goals, even if the goalies themselves might have done better to stop them. Welcome to the first game back after a short training camp after a 110+ day lockout.

  3. kicksave1980 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I hate the Canucks, but in Schneider’s defense, 2 of the 3 quick goals were essentially point blank shots due to busted defensive coverage. It was pretty funny to see Luongo get a standing ovation when he entered the game by the very same people who booed him out of his pads last season.

    • zetaone - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Vancouver fans just hop bandwagons and flip flop week to week just like Montreal fans (with Carey Price).

      Both city’s also like to flip flop their entire downtown area when they get liquored up during the playoffs.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        And so does Boston. And Philly fans like to punch military vets. And so on, and so on…

  4. slumdog66 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Ducks baby!

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    This is going to be a train wreck….

    • getadealdonealready - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Agreed, might want to put the brakes on the Luongo trade talks

      • vbcaps - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Yea I don’t see them trading him…having two solid goalies isn’t a bad thing. Although it is a huge cap hit with both of them

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    He learned that from the best

  7. jennettalia - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    That was awkward and hilarious. Couldn’t last one game against a team everyone thought would get wrecked. (truth is, we’ve got a good record against Vancouver every year)

    • elvispocomo - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Unfortunately yes, the Ducks do.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Interesting to see so many sceptical about Schneider after one game. There’s always gonna be days like this, especially after the long lockout layoff. He’s rusty, doesn’t mean he’s all of a sudden not talented. He’ll turn it around.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      It’s more about the fans and media in Vancouver, as much as Toronto has the reputation for being a tough place to play in, quietly Vancouver is the toughest English city in Canada for players to play in. Until the Canucks trade Luongo they need Schneider to play at least okay and last night he did the one thing he couldn’t possibly do. I don’t think the fans will crush him en masse just yet (there will be rumblings though) but if he has another real bad game or two before they trade Luongo then expect to see a massive goalie controversy swell in Vancouver, as tough as Canucks fans were on Luongo, it will flip the opposite way.

      • kitshky - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        Quietly?? It’s a goalie graveyard, always has been.

        The only unknown here has always been when the fans turn against Schneider … not if.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        @kitshky: It hasn’t always been a goalie graveyard, you can thank Burke for that phrase. He coined it while GM of Vancouver, and considering the goalies he used at the time (Dan Cloutier as the starter, Kevin Weekes as the goalie of the future), it stuck like it was truth from the bible.

        We loved Kirk McLean and Richard Brodeur before that, even had fondness for a few of our not so greats in between, but now the voice of a few fans are just louder than those actually smart enough to realize a bad game doesn’t mean that much.

        Hell, Patrick Roy gets pulled for the last time in Montreal and goes on to win the cup with the Avs.

  9. mrhyperpants - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Canucks fans are so two faced

  10. pastabelly - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Bad idea. One bad game doesn’t justify paying for two number one goalies. The decision is easier only when one makes backup money.

  11. jason9696 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    The Canucks suck and so do their fans.

  12. buffalo65 - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    All fans boo one minute, cheer the next. It’s called sports smart guy.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Vancouver’s a different animal! As an example I was at a game out there in 02 when Marcus Naslund and Jarome Iginla were jockying back and forth for the scoring title that year, both were terrific! Well Naslund had gone a few games without scoring and Iginla took the scoring lead, as I was sitting in GM Place I had to listen to a bunch of “hardcore” Canucks fans talk about how Naslund sucks and he was showing it and how they should trade him for Iginla…it was embarrassing!

      • elvispocomo - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Ah, that never happens in any other city. Clearly that small sample size from the total number of Canucks fans indicates clearly how bad all of us are.

  13. jpat2424 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Eat it

  14. jhunter21 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    It’s one game. Quick got lit up by the hawks with virtually the same numbers.

    Schneider will start against Edmonton and redeem himself. It’s better to have these moments of “collapse” at the beginning of a weird season instead of game 5-7 of the playoffs.

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