BY Derek Jory
Cory Schneider gets the start in goal for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 tonight in San Jose.
Your reaction to the above sentence says a lot about your faith in Schneider having a rebound game, but in the end it was coach Alain Vigneault’s decision and he’s sticking with Schneider.
"Cory is our MVP, he's one of the reasons we're in the playoffs,” said Vigneault. “I've got a lot of faith in Cory and he's in tonight.”
Vigneault said prior to the series that when Schneider was ready to play, he’d retake the net. Coach is standing by his word and Schneider is preparing to play a memorable game in his second consecutive start.
“It’s a big opportunity here, do or die game for us, and it’s exciting to play in these games, these are fun ones to play in, these are the ones that mean the most and I’m really looking forward to getting back in there,” said Schneider, who was pulled in Game 3 after allowing five goals, including two in a span of nine seconds early in the third period of a 5-2 loss.
“It’s an afterthought,” said Schneider of his play in Game 3, “and I haven’t really thought about much since, new day, new game totally different circumstances, so I’m fine.”
Coming back in this series is a monumental task, that’s no surprise. Only three teams have ever comeback to win four straight games when trailing a series 3-0; it’s happened three times on 173 occasions, to be depressingly exact.
That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, right here, right now, with this group, but there is no room left for error.
“We have to take it one game at a time, we can’t look at it as winning four games, you have to start here and get this one. It’s not going to be easy, they’re going to come at us hard to try and close this out. But I think we still have a lot of fight left in us.
“We’re not happy about being down 3-0, we just have to come up with a better game. We need one win and then go from there. We feel that we’re a very good team and we have the skill set and the people in this room to get the job done and I think we just need to get this one tonight and go from there.”
If the Canucks are to win Game 4, staying out of the penalty box is right behind scoring early and often on the priority list.
Vancouver has preached being more disciplined after each game so far and when asked why the Canucks continue to shoot themselves in the foot, Alex Burrows was stumped.
“I don’t know,” said Burrows. “It’s playoffs, guys are playing with a lot of emotions out there, a lot of intensity, some calls are going to go your way, some calls are going to go against you.
“We’re focused on tonight and staying out of the box.”
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