Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 1/20/13

DENVER - OCTOBER 03: Goaltender Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks defends the goal against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Luongo had 24 saves while giving up three goals as the Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis could have moved goaltender Roberto Luongo before the season started but opted not to, citing the middling trade offers that came his way.So this distraction dragged into the 48-game season. Coach Alain Vigneault started Cory Schneider in Game 1 and the results were disastrous.The Canucks fell to the visiting Anaheim Ducks 7-3, thanks largely to terrible goaltending.“It was just unacceptable to play that way and put my team in that situation,” Schneider told the Vancouver Sun. “You never expect it to go this way. You know what? I was just maybe half a second off and, at this level, that's all it takes. Sometimes you need to make that one big save that will get you in a rhythm and send you on your way. Tonight, I couldn't make that big save. I didn't perform or produce and that's on me.”After allowing five goals on 14 shots, Schneider gave way to Luongo – who earned heard a nice ovation as he entered the game in relief.“It was a fun mome
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