The Goods: High five

Wednesday, 30.11.2011 / 1:30 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: High five
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
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The boxscore is misleading. Cory Schneider’s dominant play is anything but.

The Vancouver Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, backed by a career-high 47 save performance from Schneider, starting his sixth straight game.

The Canucks were not outplayed, as the shots suggest, they were merely outshot to the tune of 48-33. Little did the Blue Jackets know, but Schneider gets better the more shots he faces.

Samuel Pahlsson was behind the only puck that got past Schneider in a dominating performance that helped the Canucks win their fifth straight game; this victory was also Vancouver’s fourth consecutive over Columbus at Rogers Arena, with the Canucks having won nine straight games between the clubs overall.

Daniel Sedin, David Booth, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows did the scoring for Vancouver, but it was Schneider preventing it at the other end that made all the difference on this night.

“They’re a tough team to play against, they put everything at the net and it really keeps you honest and you can’t be
cheating or not ready,” said Schneider, who was flawless with 26 stops after 40 minutes.

“Sometimes it’s great as a goalie to have everything put on net because it really puts you in the game. I think the shots were misleading in terms of the game, but I was able to
see a lot of them and we didn’t give up a lot of second chances.”

Schneider continues to take advantage of the starting gig he’s had of late, his first real consistent chance to prove he’s got the skill and mental toughness to be a starting goaltender.

The stats back up the fact that he's more than proven his worth.

Over the last five games, all Canucks wins, Schneider has allowed a measly four goals with 164 saves on 168 shots against.

Vancouver’s netminder has been sending opposing heads skyward in frustration and turning heads in his own locker room.

“He’s been outstanding,” said Booth. “He’s been giving us the confidence we need to go do what we do up front and he’s making huge saves for us and really keeping us in
every game. We owe a lot to Cory right now.”

Added Kesler: “He’s been our best player by far over the past five games. Each and every night, doesn’t matter how we play or how many shots we let up, he’s always there for
us and he’s a big reason why we’re doing so well right now.”

Schneider has won all four of his career starts against Columbus.

RULES OF ROGERS ARENA
If a puck sails out of play and you either catch it or come up with it, you must hold it high for all to see. And everyone else must clap.
Tweet of the night - “Awkward moment @VanCanucks praying the "kiss cam" doesn't shine on my dad and I ..."
-@Chehobb, with a tweet that makes us laugh, but hopefully never comes true.
Lions roar, so do Canucks - In their first home game following a BC Lions Grey Cup victory, the Canucks
are now an impressive 4-1-0.
Hammertime - With an assist on David Booth's goal in the first period, Dan Hamhuis picked up his 12th point of
November (2-10-12) putting him two points back of Daniel Sedin (3-11-14) in team scoring this month.
The curse is lifted - Better late than never. Alex Burrows recorded his first home points of the season against
Columbus, a goal and an assist. His previous 10 points all came on the road.