Cory Schneider Puts in a Signature Performance, Flummoxes the Red Wings

Thomas Drance
April 21 2013 12:33PM


Cory Schneider: the man of the hour.
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick NHLI/via Getty

The Canucks clinched a playoff spot on Saturday, in a shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings, thanks almost entirely to Cory Schneider. It was a superhuman performance for the young netminder, who by himself is enough of a reason why opposing teams might prefer to avoid the Canucks in the first round. 

Unfortunately for the Canucks, and their fans, the list of reasons to want to avoid a playoff series against the Canucks is otherwise diminishing. The back-end is banged up, the even-strength play has been mostly subpar since the trade deadline, and the middle of Vancouver's lineup - and the third line in particular - has offered the opposition only token resistance over the past ten or so days.

Yep it was an ugly win on Hockey Night in Canada for the Canucks. Read past the jump.

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Game #45 Preview: Red Wings @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 20 2013 03:51PM


Cory Schneider will try to prevent scene like this one on Saturday night.
Photograph by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images

The Canucks suffered a third period debacle to close off a mostly uninspiring five game road trip on Thursday night in Dallas, and will look to bounce back against the Red Wings. Vancouver's club will clinch a playoff spot with a point, and they could clinch the division with a win and a Minnesota loss. That's a symbolic milestone mostly, this team isn't in any real danger of falling out of a playoff spot, what's more important is that they get their game back on track and do it against a Red Wings team that has positively feasted upon them in two previous meetings this season.

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Ebbett Does Dallas

Thomas Drance
April 18 2013 11:48PM


What does Cory Schneider have in common with laundry? Both get hung out to dry.
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The Canucks finished up their season long five game roadtrip in Dallas on Thursday night not with a whimper, but with a bang. Unfortunately it was a bang of the wrong sort, like a flashbang, as the Canucks got lit up for four goals in the third period - three of them in quick succession - by a pretty mediocre team in the Dallas Stars.

But you know what's white and blue and not nearly as bad as it looked on Thursday night? The Canucks. Actually, the team was probably the better club on the whole in this game, though it wasn't enough to prevent the game from getting away from them in dramatic fashion in the latter half of the contest...

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Game #44 Preview: Canucks @ Stars

Thomas Drance
April 18 2013 02:47PM


Keep your head on a swivel when Aaron Rome is on the ice!
Photograph by: Rich Lam/Getty Images North America

The Stars and Canucks will meet for the third time this season in Dallas on Thursday night, and what a season series it has been. The two clubs have combined to score fourteen goals in their previous two contests, and both games were thoroughly memorable and entertaining. Not coincidentally, both games also featured a Canucks lineup that included Ryan Kesler...

The Dallas Stars are fighting for their playoff lives as they currently sit four points out of eighth in the West with two games in hand over the Bluejackets. They've been hot of late, and have Kari Lehtonen back and playing well - Lehtonen played less than a period in Vancouver's first two games against the Stars this season - so they're not a pushover. 

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Afternoon Headshots: Bruins Anthem Edition

Thomas Drance
April 17 2013 06:21PM

Deviating from our usual format tonight because, let's be honest, in comparison with that scene from Boston tonight no other hockey story really matters.

Luongo, of course, nails it:

Here's footage from the upper bowl.

For most of us, hockey is a diversion, a passtime, a fun game to play and watch. But sometimes, like when Rene Rancourt stopped singing and just conducted the Boston faithful in belting out the Star Spangled Banner two days after the bombing at the Boston marathon, hockey trancends entertainment. And sports. Sometimes hockey is about comfort and community, when we need those things most.

Courage, Boston.

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