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The Vancouver Canucks have officially entered panic mode. Down 2-0 to the Kings in their Western Conference Quarterfinals playoff series, the Canucks are switching to backup goalie Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo.
The No. 8 seed Kings won the first two games of the series in Vancouver by 4-2 scores. Luongo stopped 57 of 64 (89%) shots he faced (one of the goals was an empty-netter). It’s not a terrible performance, but it was enough to prompt coach Alain Vigneault to make the switch.
“Obviously being down, 2-0, the way we are right now is not a reflection of the goaltending that we’ve had so far; but it’s time to change the momentum a little bit and this is one of the cards we might have,” Vigneault said.
Vigneault called both men “great goaltenders,” and forward Ryan Kesler points out that despite being the backup in Vancouver, Schneider would be the starter on most other teams. Schneider had the second-best save percentage in the NHL this season and was third in goals-against average.
Fans who have followed the Canucks in the playoffs the past two years will recognize this is nothing new — they also switched from Luongo to Schneider for Game 6 against the Blackhawks last year. The Canucks lost that game and went back to Luongo for Game 7, which they won. Luongo was also pulled during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins, and there were calls for Schneider to start Game 5. Luongo started Game 5 and shut out the Bruins, but he played poorly in the final two games and the Canucks lost the series.
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I think the whole city of Vancouver is wondering what in the world is happening to our beloved Canucks right now. It’s been a long time since we have seen the Canucks start a playoff series 2-0 (11 years in fact). The Canucks do not look like a powerhouse team whatsoever. They look like a team that has lost all confidence in two games.
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from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail, The Vancouver Canucks fly south Saturday afternoon to Los Angeles, reeling and down two games to none to the Los Angeles Kings - and Daniel Sedin will not be along for the ride to help the purportedly best team in hockey salvage an unfurling disaster.
The concussed Sedin, who seemed nearly ready to play last Monday, now could miss the entire...
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Learned just a short time ago from the Canucks twitter account.
Daniel Sedin will join #Canucks for full team practice in LA on Tuesday. Coach Vigneault to comment shortly.
Head Coach Alain Vigneault addressed the media this afternoon in Los Angeles and advised that Daniel has been following protocol and has been cleared to resume practice...
Vancouver Canucks injured left wing Daniel Sedin did not make the trip to Los Angeles for Game 3 of his team’s opening-round series with the Los Angeles Kings.Sedin, who suffered a concussion on March 21, did not practice or skate with the team Saturday before they left for California. A former employee of the Canucks said on Twitter that Sedin would not play at all in the opening...
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, Over the last 40 or so springtimes, Vancouver Canucks’ fans have been preconditioned to expect a certain amount of unpleasantness and as they contemplated their team’s prospects in 2012, they were likely aware further trials awaited.
But this? This? Even in their darkest moment, the most tortured member of the faithful couldn’t have...
Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin will return to practice in hopes of playing in the postseason.
Sedin has missed the past 12 games due to a concussion. He is expected to join the Canucks in Los Angeles for a Tuesday practice.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault did not say if he thought Sedin would be ready to return to game action.
Vancouver, which finished with the NHL&...
That’s how The Province newspaper described last night’s Vancouver Canucks 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings: Beyond belief.
But that’s the beauty of the playoffs. Anything can happen.
It was expected the Canucks would go into this series against the 8th-seeded Kings with a competitive advantage based on momentum, overall skill set, and home ice advantage.
Canucks vs. Kings Game Recap
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