Canucks Postgame: Luongos beat Schneiders in Overtime

Dimitri Filipovic
October 08 2013 11:08PM

There was a lot of talk heading into Tuesday night's Devils-Canucks game about Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo. Those guys will, for better or for worse, be linked to each other for a long time to come. Whenever one guy does very well or very poorly, people will make jokes suggesting that the Canucks should've stuck with the other guy. That's a foregone conclusion.

So the 3-2 overtime win by the Canucks surely didn't do anything do change that, especially since it's just one game, and both guys played very well. But what it did do was provide the Canucks with 2 needed points in the standings - with the schedule about to get tougher, it was nice to bank a 3rd straight victory - and a much better all-around performance to build off of.

Read on past the jump for a quick recap of the game.

I wasn't a huge fan of the start the Canucks got off to in this one. Overall they didn't get outplayed or anything per se, but I thought that they did a really poor job of defending in their own zone. They were far too willing to play back, and that soft play in the defensive zone cost them on Jaromir Jagr's goal to open the game. 

The 2nd period was kind of reminiscent of the 3rd period from Sunday night's win in Calgary, as the Canucks really #flippedtheswitch and took their play to another gear. An unfortunate series of bounces - first off of the referee, and then off of Dale Weise - led to a cheap goal for Patrik Elias, but after that, it was all Canucks.

In fact, in that period the Canucks directed 22 shots on net to just 8 for the Devils, and had 8 scoring chances of their own while blanking the opposition. Daniel Sedin beat Schneider on a lucky bounce of his own off of a Devils defenseman, and then Edler made no mistake after being sent in by Daniel (with an assist to Ryane Clowe, who had trouble getting off of the ice creating an odd man advtange).

The 3rd period was pretty uneventful for the most part. In overtime, Jason Garrison scored his 3rd goal of the season from the point (which actually a seeing-eye shot of sorts that took a nasty re-direct from Marek Zidlicky in front of the net). For those keeping score at home now, Garrison needs just 12 goals in 78 games for Cam Charron to owe me a pitcher (we bet on an Over/Under of 14.5 to start the season). I feel pretty good about that right now, acknowledging that 2 of the 3 have been very favourable for me. But hey, at the end of the year they all count the same, right?

The Sedins were freakin' awesome in this game, yet again. I noted that Daniel logged 23:18 in regulation tonight, which I can't remember him doing in a long, long time. That makes 4 straight games to start the year where he has ecclipsed the 20-minute mark. Apparently, I was right that he hadn't done it in a while:

Finally.. Schneider was excellent in this game. He made some big-time stops - with the most notable ones being sprawling to rob Henrik on a rebound, and stopping Hansen on a breakaway. He certianly didn't disappoint in his return to Vancouver. He received a nice ovation from the fans before the game, but once it started, it was all business as the Rogers Arena faithful chanted his name. The Canucks play in New Jersey on the 24th, by the way. 

Check back tomorrow morning for a closer look at how the scoring chances totals (and some of the other more relevant underlying numbers) shook out.

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#51 Neil B
October 10 2013, 08:04AM
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Okay.

Let's see the Canucks out-coach or out-chemistry the Sharks tomorrow night.

Or the Kings, Blues & Hawks later this year...

It's not a question of out-chemistrying, it's a question of getting better matchups which, as you know, is harder to do on someone else's ice.

Now I'm willing to agree that Richardson, Santo, etc. are poorly matched up against SJ's 3rd line; however I would also not be surprised to see them perform significantly better, and the Sharks 3rd liners significantly worse, when McLellan isn't able to force them into matchups with the top 6.

San Jose has done no travel thus far this year, they've had final matchups for every game, they've never had to play their backup, and they've had no back-to-backs yet. They've had a very favourable schedule thus far and, give them props, they've capitalized on it.

But their season is not over; like everyone else (including this lot), it's barely even begun.

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#52 PB
October 10 2013, 09:11AM
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@NM00

You know, I read these blogs and the comments every so often -- sometimes there's some good commentary or analysis or even some news on the team, but it's certainly not on the top of my list to keep checking back here. You are on here constantly -- do you have some kind of automatic response set up so that the moment a post goes up you're ready with a submission? I'm just a little fascinated by your presence here. I think some of the responses to you are a bit over the top but I think I can understand them. At the end of the day this is a blog about a sports team that most (I think) are supportive of. I don't entirely understand what pleasure you gain out of this constant doom-and-gloom oracle character you portray on this site. You may be right -- the Canucks' window may have closed, they may not be a top tier team anymore, maybe they don't match up well against the Sharks or LA or the Blues or Hawks. Or maybe they will. Who knows? Many of the newcomers have looked much better than advertised (Stanton, Santorelli, Richardson), and I've seen a much better sense of hustle and energy out of the Sedins and some of the rest of the core than I remember from the past couple of years (though last year was an aberration in so many ways). They might still fall flat on their faces -- but it's only four games in. You have no more prescience than any other -- no matter what your constant negative assertions might suggest.

If I was you I'd just chill. Your position and your predictions are well-established. Why don't you just sit back and watch the game unfold? Maybe even try to enjoy it? For all that Americans get bashed for being (among other things) relentless and obnoxious homers, I like the fact that some at least will support their team no matter what instead of constantly harping on all that's wrong with them. We can talk about what's wrong with the Canucks but at the end of the day it's still just a freaking game and it's just a sports team. You have some interesting perspectives, but perhaps if you didn't beat the skeleton of the horse quite so much they'd be easier to take.

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#53 NM00
October 10 2013, 10:10AM
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PB wrote:

You know, I read these blogs and the comments every so often -- sometimes there's some good commentary or analysis or even some news on the team, but it's certainly not on the top of my list to keep checking back here. You are on here constantly -- do you have some kind of automatic response set up so that the moment a post goes up you're ready with a submission? I'm just a little fascinated by your presence here. I think some of the responses to you are a bit over the top but I think I can understand them. At the end of the day this is a blog about a sports team that most (I think) are supportive of. I don't entirely understand what pleasure you gain out of this constant doom-and-gloom oracle character you portray on this site. You may be right -- the Canucks' window may have closed, they may not be a top tier team anymore, maybe they don't match up well against the Sharks or LA or the Blues or Hawks. Or maybe they will. Who knows? Many of the newcomers have looked much better than advertised (Stanton, Santorelli, Richardson), and I've seen a much better sense of hustle and energy out of the Sedins and some of the rest of the core than I remember from the past couple of years (though last year was an aberration in so many ways). They might still fall flat on their faces -- but it's only four games in. You have no more prescience than any other -- no matter what your constant negative assertions might suggest.

If I was you I'd just chill. Your position and your predictions are well-established. Why don't you just sit back and watch the game unfold? Maybe even try to enjoy it? For all that Americans get bashed for being (among other things) relentless and obnoxious homers, I like the fact that some at least will support their team no matter what instead of constantly harping on all that's wrong with them. We can talk about what's wrong with the Canucks but at the end of the day it's still just a freaking game and it's just a sports team. You have some interesting perspectives, but perhaps if you didn't beat the skeleton of the horse quite so much they'd be easier to take.

"We are all Canucks"

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#54 Ted
October 10 2013, 10:51AM
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Neil B wrote:

It's not a question of out-chemistrying, it's a question of getting better matchups which, as you know, is harder to do on someone else's ice.

Now I'm willing to agree that Richardson, Santo, etc. are poorly matched up against SJ's 3rd line; however I would also not be surprised to see them perform significantly better, and the Sharks 3rd liners significantly worse, when McLellan isn't able to force them into matchups with the top 6.

San Jose has done no travel thus far this year, they've had final matchups for every game, they've never had to play their backup, and they've had no back-to-backs yet. They've had a very favourable schedule thus far and, give them props, they've capitalized on it.

But their season is not over; like everyone else (including this lot), it's barely even begun.

There's no reason to justify your rational position with NoMind00. He is the ultimate troll. He does not havea clue in regards to hockey and just spews rubbish. In his world, the season is already done and the Canucks finished in last; he also has crowned several other teams and it's a week into the season. His brand of stupidity is not new but it entertains. Just sit back and poke fun at hime. Enjoy the ride.

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#55 Ted
October 10 2013, 10:56AM
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Your reply is a real let down.

I expected a long winded and detailed reply full of all kinds of analytical nonsense.

The game will be fun to watch no mater what happens and you may be right but with hockey you never know. That's why we watch.

Sadly, he just puts up random stats that are not relevant to the crap he is spewing. He just likes to put numbers to words. I think he posted Lotto 649 numbers the other day to support his post.

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#56 PB
October 10 2013, 11:05AM
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@NM00

Um, yeah...

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#57 NM00
October 10 2013, 12:08PM
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Ted wrote:

There's no reason to justify your rational position with NoMind00. He is the ultimate troll. He does not havea clue in regards to hockey and just spews rubbish. In his world, the season is already done and the Canucks finished in last; he also has crowned several other teams and it's a week into the season. His brand of stupidity is not new but it entertains. Just sit back and poke fun at hime. Enjoy the ride.

Actually I think the Canucks will make the playoffs and lose to SJ or LA in the 1st round.

No need to make things up Ted...

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#58 Ted
October 10 2013, 01:00PM
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Actually I think the Canucks will make the playoffs and lose to SJ or LA in the 1st round.

No need to make things up Ted...

One would not have guessed that after listening to all of your verbal diarrhea and illogical ramblings. Yes, we are all Canucks... well, maybe not you :)

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