Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/9/13
There was no denying that Cory Schneider wanted to beat his former Vancouver Canuck teammates Tuesday night. More than that though the Devils goaltender wanted to get his team its first win of the season. Fittingly it came down to a duel between Schneider and his old goaltending partner Roberto Luongo that needed overtime to be decided. Defenseman Jason Garrison gave Vancouver a 3-2 victory with his goal 2:18 into the extra session at Rogers Arena. Schneider said never saw Garrison’s right point wrist shot sailed in over his left shoulder thanks to Mike Santorelli’s screen in front. “I saw Garrison walk to the middle there and kind of looked one way and the next thing you knew it was in the net” Schneider said. “There was just some traffic there and I didn’t work hard enough to find it.” Now 0-1-3 the Devils have lost their opening four games for the first time since 2001-02 when they got off to a 0-3-1 start. “It’s frustrating because we’re getting ones and we need twos” said Schneider referring to the team getting one point from each of their two shootout losses and Tuesday’s overtime loss. “We’ve been in pretty much every game and controlled parts of them but we just haven’t been able to put 60 or 65 minutes together strong. We see glimpses of it and then you see glimpses of struggling and trying to work the system out. But we’ve got to start putting W’s up on the board.” Schneider finished with 29 saves. Luongo made 22. Much was made of Schneider’s return to Vancouver for the first time since the June 30 trade that made him a Devil and his head-to-head match-up with Luongo. Over the past two seasons the two goaltenders were the subject of much debate over which one should be the team’s No. 1 goaltender. That debate ended when the Canucks traded Schneider to the Devils on June 30 for the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft. The fans showed their appreciation for Schneider with a loud ovation when his picture was shown on the scoreboard video screen before the opening faceoff. By the end of the second period though they were jeering him like any other visiting goaltender. “It was fun” Schneider said. “It was a great environment great atmosphere. Real nice of them to show [me] on the screen at the start. That was a pretty nice touch by them but once the puck dropped we had our hands full. They play hard and they’re tough to play against.” After blowing a 3-0 third period lead in a 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton Monday night the Devils let a 2-0 second period advantage slip away Tuesday night. They were able to hang on though the third period though and get at least one point by reaching overtime. But they are 0-0-2 so far on their five-game road trip. “There’s a lot of good that we’re doing here and you just have to trust in the fact that it’s going to result in wins” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “We’re playing some good teams nose to nose here and unfortunately leaving some points on the table but you hope over 82 games that evens out.”
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