Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Schneider Starts in Goal over Luongo for Canucks on Thursday against Flames: Schneider Gets Nod in Final Road Test

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Schneider Starts in Goal over Luongo for Canucks on Thursday against Flames: Schneider Gets Nod in Final Road Test

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks will have Cory Schneider in goal for their final road game of the regular season.

The backup netminder will start Thursday's game in Calgary after Roberto Luongo was pulled early in the second period of Vancouver's 5-4 comeback shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault declined to explain his decision following practice Wednesday prior to the team's flight to Calgary.

Luongo was booed after getting the hook, while Schneider received a loud cheer from the crowd and did not allow a goal while facing a modest nine shots over the final 33 minutes. Vigneault chalked up the fan reaction to Luongo's departure to the usual life of a goaltender.

"That the nature of the position," Vigneault said. "When things don't go well, usually -- not usually but sometimes -- the fingers point at the goaltender or the head coach. ... I remember (some) years back in Montreal when Patrick Roy was the goaltender there. They had billboards across the city to have him traded. I guess now they're having billboards across the city to bring him back (in a management or coaching role). That's just the nature of the position. If you want to be a goaltender, you have to be real strong mentally.

"It's a position that has a lot of pressure that comes with it, and we are very fortunate here in Vancouver. We've got two great goaltenders that are real good people and love to play here in Vancouver."

Luongo was victimized by some glaring defensive breakdowns, but put the blame on himself after the game.

"What happened (Wednesday) is over with," Luongo said. "We turned the page and we moved on."

General manager Mike Gillis told a Vancouver radio station Wednesday that Luongo will start in the first game of the playoffs. But the goaltender dismissed the pledge.

"I've got the determination and competitive edge that I want," Luongo said. …

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