Cory Schneider to start in goal with Vancouver Canucks facing elimination in L.A.
On Tuesday (April 17), Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told the assembled media in Los Angeles that he would start the goalie that gave him the best chance to win in tonight’s potential season-ending game against the Kings.
Just before noon today (April 18), Vigneault announced that goaltender is Cory Schneider. Schneider was solid in April 8’s 1-0 Game 3 loss, stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced and allowing only a Dustin Brown third-period rebound to get past him. And so the 26-year-old gets the call again, with the Canucks needing a victory to force the series back to Vancouver for a Game 5 on Sunday night.
Today’s decision opens a hornet's nest as far as the future of Roberto Luongo in a Canucks uniform is concerned. Luongo remains under contract for 10 more years—a deal that includes a no-trade clause.
If Schneider wins tonight, he’s the obvious choice to tend the net for the Canucks for as long as they stay alive in the playoffs. And the debate can begin about whether Luongo has played his last game in a Canucks uniform.
Goalie controversy? What goalie controversy?
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