April 19 2012 12:41PM
With the season on the line, Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault opted to start Cory Schneider in Game Four. Schneider had started game three in what was likely an attempt to shake up the Canucks after they’d lost their first two games at home, and he’d played well.
Does that decision mean that the Canucks are now Schneider’s team?
April 19 2012 10:37AM
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Well that was more like it!
The Canucks remaing firmly on the chopping block, but with Wednesday night's performance they've secured a stay of execution and will live to play another game on Sunday, in Vancouver. The Canucks were slow out of the gate and frankly looked like a team resigned to their fate through twenty minutes. Cory Schneider, and the hockey gods physics and luck, however, had other plans. With the exception of a pitch-perfect Anze Kopitar snipe and some rebound control issues in the first period - Cory Schneider was absolutely dynamite, and a fortunate bounce off of a Kevin Bieksa point shot gave the Canucks their first fortunate bounce of the series.
In the third period, to their credit, the Canucks took over. L.A. had a couple of chances - a Dustin Brown penalty shot, and a Justin Williams shot from the slot that hit the post - but Vancouver successfully shut the pace of the game down and safely preserved their lead. The club's power-play looked conspicuously dangerous, cashing in twice and putting the game away in the third.
It wasn't the Canucks best game, hell, it wasn't even their best game of the series - but the club got the win they needed and will look to continue their Houdini act going forward.
Know hope, friends!
More analysis, scoring chance data and the statistical three stars (and goats) after the jump!
April 18 2012 04:23PM
It's cool, folks. We're good.
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April 18 2012 03:08PM
Could Daniel Sedin be the Canucks' savior?
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It has been a little over a month since Daniel Sedin suffered a concussion, the result of Duncan Keith's gutless, retributive elbow to his cranium. After practicing with the team on Tuesday, and skating again Wednesday afternoon without the reoccurence of symptoms, Daniel Sedin is slated to return to action in time for game four. While I'm not a doctor or an expert in concussions - the entire thing makes me queasy.
Read past the jump.
April 18 2012 02:34PM
A tale of two 'tenders.
Even before it was confirmed by Alain Vigneault on Wednesday afternoon, all signs were pointing to Cory Schneider getting the nod for the Canucks in tonight's "Do or Die" game four against the Kings. With the team on the brink, the Canucks have tipped their hand: Cory Schneider is starting tonight, and persumably he'll be the team's starter beyond this season.
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