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Rob The Hockey Guy:
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In the most anticipated Tuesday night Devils-Canucks game in history, Cory Schneider will play his first game against his old team and his old friend Roberto Luongo. It’s been just over three months since the Canucks traded Schneider for the ninth overall pick (Bo Horvat), which elevated this drama to soap opera status here in Canuckland. Here are my thoughts:
1. My head hurts
What a whirlwind. Cory Schneider was the goaltender of the future when he was drafted in 2004. When GM Dave Nonis acquired Roberto Luongo in 2006, Schneider was never expected to play a game or at least never become a starter in Vancouver until 2012. In April, 2012 Schneider took over the number one job in the playoffs and was supposed to become the team’s franchise goalie going forward until June 2013 when Mike Gillis shocked the hockey world and traded him to New Jersey. My head hurts.
2. Nobody is happy
Conventional wisdom twelve months ago was that once a trade was made, both Luongo and Schneider would be happy. Instead, it appears they’re both not likely to be very happy. Luongo wanted to move on (but didn’t) and Schneider wanted to become a number one goalie. Schneider still has to wrestle the number one job away from a living legend, Martin Brodeur.
3. Who’s kidding who in New Jersey
Schneider is New Jersey’s best goalie, but may not get played as such. The politics over keeping Martin Brodeur’s ego in check will be interesting to monitor. Brodeur is arguably the best goalie in NHL history, but he’s also 41 years old and has significantly worse numbers than Cory Schneider in the past three seasons. Yet Cory Schneider has to prove himself, again.
4. Beating their buddy
Luongo and Schneider are good friends, but don’t think for a second that there won’t be something extra at stake in their first matchup against each other. Schneider is out to prove himself (still) and Luongo will want to prove that he was the top goalie all along. In a way, they’re both out to prove Mike Gillis wrong.
5. Days of our lives has got nothing on this
The spotlight will be on. TSN will broadcast the game nationally and the Luongo-Schneider soap opera will take a new twist. By now, nothing should surprise us. If we are to expect anything, we should expect the unexpected. What next? Maybe one of them scores an empty net goal.
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BEST OF MAXIM
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
The fact is through all the craziness of the past couple of years, Luongo and Schneider became and remain good friends. They still talk regularly.
“I am obviously keeping tabs on him and seeing how he is doing,” Schneider told reporters at Rexall Place, where the Devils met the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. “You don’t root...
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider doesn't plan to get emotional about his return to Vancouver on Tuesday night when he'll share the spotlight with former teammate Roberto Luongo.
''We're there less than 24 hours. Gotta play a game, gotta win a game. I'm not going to get all nostalgic,'' Schneider said Monday.
He'll get the start against...
Maybe it’s time to settle this Roberto Luongo-Cory Schneider rivalry once and for all.
In fact Schneider has an idea.
When the two goaltenders inevitably find themselves stretching near the centre line during Tuesday night’s pre-game skate he suggested they should do more than just exchange pleasantries.
“Maybe try to start a line brawl” Schneider said Monday. “Maybe...
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Jason Garrison scored at 2:18 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Tuesday.
Garrison's shot from the point through traffic beat Cory Schneider in the goaltender's first game against his former team.
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The main storyline heading into lat night’s game was Cory Schneider, and his first visit to Rogers Arena since being traded to the New Jersey Devils in June.
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See Ya Schneids
Defenseman Jason Garrison scored at 2:18 as Vancouver won its second straight overtime game to spoil the return of goaltender Cory Schneider.
Schneider finished with 29 saves, while Canucks counterpart Roberto Luongo turned aside 21 shots.
The Canucks held the Devils to one shot on their lone power play and improved to a perfect 15-for-15 on the penalty kill.
save by Luongo on David Backes
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