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Devils stay winless, Luongo bests Schneider

Oct 9, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

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After a long goaltending controversy and a shocking trade, Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo found themselves on opposite sides for the first time. In this first match between the former duo, the elder Luongo and the Canucks could depart smiling, but not before the New Jersey Devils and Schneider gave them a run for their money in Vancouver’s 3-2 overtime victory.

“It was fun, it was nice to battle it out. Somebody has to win, somebody has to lose. We both got at least a point for our teams,” Luongo said, according to the Canucks’ Twitter feed.

If this game were an isolated incident, then Schneider and New Jersey could hold their heads high with the knowledge that they at least held their own in a hard fought game. Unfortunately, they have made a habit of coming up just short lately. The Devils have now fallen to 0-1-3 this season. The silver lining is that they have a few days to regroup before facing the Calgary Flames on Friday.

As for Vancouver, they’ve won three straight games to improve to 3-1-0 this season. Their next match will be against the only team that’s beaten them so far, the San Jose Sharks. It will also be Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl‘s first game since his crushing performance against the New York Rangers.

  1. mattbarkley123 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    luuuuuuiii

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      Where did all the Canucks haters and assorted scum run off to?

  2. 950003cups - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Time to get rid of that garbage coach, Pete DeBoer.

  3. yustasayin - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    A treat to watch which could be the two best goalies in the NHL.

    • desertfan - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Two Olympic starters!!!!

    • imleftcoast - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      The NHL Network saw fit to televise it.

  4. bayafan - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Yes because it’s Pete’s fault they lost two great players and most of their coaching staff after the cup. What they need is better defense.

    • nj666 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Its petes fault for giving the worst defenders on the team top minutes. While guys like Larsson and fayne are scapegoated and having their development hindered. Its petes fault because he cant stick with consistent lines. Its petes fault because I’m watching a team with no plans on how to break into the offensive zone. It’s petes fault because that is a team that doesn’t look in shape. This coach shows zero emotion and doesn’t even look like he cares. He will be gone by december at this rate. Someone should call Laviolette… It has nothing to do with losing players.

  5. matt14gg - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I’m an unabashed Jagr fan, but it didn’t make a lot of sense for the Devils, a pretty slow team to begin with, to sign the guy who right now is probably the second slowest guy in the league after Douglas Murray.

  6. lateralous - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Amen nj666. It’s Pete’s fault that he doesn’t hold veterans accountable the same way he does the young guys. After a good pre-season, there’s no way a guy like Jacob Josefson doesn’t deserve at least one game in favor of a guys like Stephen Gionta. it’s especially hard to watch when Pete is constantly putting Gionta into situations well above his skill level. Watching him run around the zone chasing the Sedins last night was infuriating.

    The lineup decisions on the back end are end more mystifying. Zidlicky is probably a necessary evil at this point since he brings a unique offensive skill set to the back end but I have no idea what Salvador and Volchenkov have done to deserve their minutes.

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