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Oilers’ outburst gets Canucks’ Schneider pulled in two minutes

Mar 30, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider AP

The Edmonton Oilers made sure that Cory Schneider‘s seventh consecutive start was a short one.

They scored on their first two shots on Saturday, chasing Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks’ net 2:05 into the game. Roberto Luongo wasn’t much luckier at first (Taylor Hall scored on him 38 seconds after he was inserted into the game), either.

(Really, it might just be Hall and the Oilers’ night, though. The young forward already has a hat trick in just about eight minutes of game time.)

A rocky showing doesn’t eliminate Schneider’s good work in the previous six contests, but for some, it might make the prospect of trading Luongo less enticing.

  1. oquintero99 - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Is Hall’s hat trick an NHL record (fastest hat trick)?

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM


    The NHL record for fastest natural hat trick is 21 seconds, set by Bill Mosienko in 1952 for the Chicago Black Hawks.

    • ryanprzy - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Mosienko’s 3 goals came in the third period. I think oquintero is asking if it’s the fastest hat trick from the start of the game. I’m too lazy to look that up.

  3. ikillchicken - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Schneider wasn’t great but this was overwhelmingly a team effort (or rather, lack of effort). The Canucks looked like they were asleep out there.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:09 AM


    I would submit that as of tonight March 30th 2013, the Vancouver Canuck’s longstanding and “ceaseless” torment of the NHL’s Northwest Division is now officially over. They themselves were “smashed” tonight at the hands of the young and exuberant Oilers, while we Kings unfortunately succumbed in overtime to the league’s current “hottest” team, the Minnesota Wild. The bottom line friends is that the days of the Canucks perennially being handed the 3rd seed on a silver platter is no more … and there’s no one more to thank for that than the excellent duo of Parise and Suter! :)

    • stakex - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      Ummmmm couple things:

      1. The “young and exuberant Oilers” are in 10th place in the West… a full 9 points back of Vancouver. Tonights game was a great one for them, but it was more a flash in the pan then the new norm.

      2. While I hate them, the Pens with 15 (11 regulation or overtime) strait wins are the hottest team in the NHL right now… not Minnesota, which looks quite cold by comparison with two loses in their last 10 games.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        “quite cold by comparison” seems a Little harsh. I agree, Pens steak is moer impressive, but you make it out to be nothing when it has been Something (especially given their play prior to this season).

        Just saying, credit where credits due.

  5. canucks30 - Mar 31, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Mike Gillis needs to help his goaltenders out by acquiring another centre and some more scoring help. Unless Schneider and/or Luongo play stellar, the Canucks can’t seem to win, especially when they fall behind. Their anemic power play isn’t helping either.

  6. bethgoesglobal - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Really? One bad start by Schneider and once again the pundits cover their a*#%s and sway back to the notion that now “it might make the prospect of trading Luongo less enticing.” Has it even been a full 48-hours since PHT had a posting on how Schneider’s “recent success is making a Luongo trade seem imminent” or some such notion. Does this mean that all those “talks” with the Leafs and/or Panthers, have now halted???

    I know I’m not the only who, at this point, doesn’t even care, just get it done already!! Someone needs to strap on a pair and just make the decision. The “nucks have now been debating this for what, 2 years+? Correction- the hockey media posse has been debating it and forcing us to listen.

    I’m begging you, please, unless the move has actually been made, can every sports writer, pundit, commentator, ect…just STOP!!
    You really shouldn’t feel like you need to share your 2c about it every couple of days. We will all know that it’ll flop right back the other way soon enough.

    I truly believe that we can continue to live a full life without knowing that a few hours ago, “everyone” thought Luongo would be gone by…. whenever.

    Seriously!! If the trade hasn’t been made than what does it matter anyway!!!

    • blomfeld - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      Just “STOP” ? …

      If anything’s going to stop around here, then that would be the “free ride” which the Canucks have been enjoying the past decade! And I believe that “free ride” officially stopped last night in Edmonton as noted in my remarks above.

      During the regular 82 game schedule, the Canucks have always had 64 points literally “gift-wrapped & hand-delivered” to them by playing Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota and Colorado “8 x times” each (ie: 8 games x 4 teams x 2 automatic points = 64 automatic points total). So whether the Canucks finished 3rd in the conference or 1st like the past two years, is completely immaterial as the fact was that over the past decade at least half of their seasonal point totals have been “gifted” to them, whereas other teams in more competitive divisions have always had to “work” for each and every point earned.

      But now that’s all been completely stopped! And that’s primarily due to 2 x key developments which have recently taken place in the Northwest Division … Edmonton’s “youth movement” coupled with “brilliant” new coaching … and of course the arrival of “superstars” Parise & Suter to the Wild of Minnesota. The end result is that the era of “free rides” for the Canucks is over! From now on, they’re going to have to “earn” their way, just like everyone else always has.

      So “stop where you are” Canuckle Nation … it’s over !

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Ok- these things may be true but that’s NOT what this mini-article was about!!! It was about the goaltending debate that been on for what seems like forever, NOT about whether or not the “Nucks have really been tested because they’ve been in a weak division.

        You’ve changed the subject!!! Your remarks are irrelevant in this context.

        (but I’d agree that they have benefited greatly from have no real challengers w/in their division. However, the improvements of the Wild really won’t have any effect on them beyond this year (and the Oilers haven’t gotten there quite yet)
        So whatever.

  7. 19to77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    “I truly believe that we can continue to live a full life without knowing that a few hours ago, “everyone” thought Luongo would be gone by…. whenever.”

    And this is why we need to stop talking about freaking Luongo every ten minutes.

    • blomfeld - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM


      Not only do I believe that, I also suspect that he’s going to “thrive” again upon returning to the Sunshine state. And it doesn’t really matter whether it’s Miami or Tampa Bay. The bottom line is that a “happy” Luongo could equal Vezina and a possible return of Lord Stanley’s mug back to the state which Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon named “Pascua florida” (feast of the flowers), Spain’s Easter time celebration.

      In looking ahead and beyond that however, a better question to ask might be … “will Luongo be missed in Vancouver?”. Personally I don’t think he will, or at least not for long. Cory Schneider is “arguably” the leagues current # 1 net-minder and so there’s no problem there. The bigger issue for the Canucks is going to be the loss of the Northwest Division as their “personal” playground.

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      My point exactly.
      (Sorry everyone, I just really needed to vent my frustration over all this crap up there)

  8. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    If I’m not mistaken the Canucks have been “handed” the 1 seed the past few years.

  9. kaptaanamerica - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    The canucks weren’t handed anything the last two years or ever. Right now they are missing a whole host of regulars including their second Line. Combine injuries with coming out flat and an oilers team ready to skate and that’s what you get. This is the NHL and nothing comes easy especially in the west.

    • 19to77 - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Uh, buddy, don’t look now, but the last two years, they were the only Northwest team that made the playoffs, while three of their four divisional opponents finished in the bottom ten teams, and two in the bottom five both years.

      Seriously, it was an easier division than the Southeast. Don’t act like Vancouver had to work too hard to get points from divisional rivals. Until this year all four of their most frequent opponents were just plain bad teams.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        Yes, but you can’t reach the playoffs purely from beating your divisional foes (I mean technically you can but you know what I mean). There are plenty of other teams (many whom are quite good) that they have to play every season as well, and you certainly wouldn’t get the Pres trophy 2yrs running.

        Take the Capitals for example- they won the SE for several years for like 5 or 6yrs in a row (before last season), and they only won the Pres trophy once in all that time.

        A weak division does Not a champion make.

      • 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Neither does a President’s Trophy, so it seems. Those vaunted Canucks won two in a row. Count their Cup rings.

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