Cory Schneider Number One in Vancouver?

Could there perhaps be a goaltending controversy growing in Vancouver between starter Roberto Luongo and backup and 24 year-old Cory Schneider? On Thursday Schneider who is now 3-0 with a 0.90 GAA and .969 save percentage in his past four games was once again stellar on Thursday night in stopping 33 shots to lead the Canucks to a 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche. “He played so well, so confident and smooth in goal,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. To say there might be a goaltending controversy is perhaps a stretch but the truth remains that Schneider has been a lot more consistent than the proven Luongo who is 4-3-2 on the season with a 2.61 GAA and a .915 save percentage. “I want to be a guy that they can count on winning games, not just go in there and hope you win,” said Schneider whose team has now won five in a row. “That’s been good and that’s all I’ve wanted. Of course stats, they are what they are, but I think it’s moer of a reflection of how my team is playing in front of me.” On this night the Canucks power play was on fire as they scored all three with the man advantage. Replying for the Canucks were Ryan Kessler, Henrik Sedin and Raffi Torres. “Our power play did what it was supposed to do,” Kesler said. “And our (penalty kill) did the job, too. That’s why we won tonight-our special teams.” Despite the tough loss one Colorado player who will always remember and treasure this game will be rookie David Van Der Gulik, who scored his first NHL goal. Still it was a loss for Colorado who are now ninth in the Western Conference with 13 points. “We weren’t ourselves,” Avalanche centre Ryan O’Reilly said. “We didn’t come out with that edge we usually do. We didn’t take it as we were playing a first-place team, which we have to do every night.”

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