Schroeder, who didn’t make the team at the start of the season but was quickly called up, easily delivered his best game as a pro. The 22 year-old has done a great job so far this season filling in for the injured Ryan Kesler and was rewarded with first two goals of his career.
Vancouver began the game with a sloppy effort and headed into the first intermission down one to the Flames. They came out in the second period looking like a completely different team and didn’t take long to capture the lead.
Alex Burrows tied the game after being setup by the Sedin twins and it only took 27 seconds after that for Schroeder to score his first NHL goal and give the Canucks the lead. Vancouver never looked back after that as Kevin Bieksa would add another goal before the period would come to a close.
Cory Schneider was solid in his second straight start stopping 33 of the 34 shots he faced. It was the second time this season he’s won against the Flames, after recording a 3-2 shootout victory earlier in the year.
Questions will no doubt surface as to who the team’s starting goaltender will be when the Canucks host the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 12. Schneider beat the Wild on the road in Vancouver’s last game, so the Canucks could choose to go right back to Schneider for the third straight time given his success against the team like they did with Calgary.
Having two quality goaltenders to choose from is a benefit every team wishes they’d have but at the same time the situation could only grow into a bigger distraction as the season rolls along. The Northwest Division leading Canucks have handled the situation with class and nobody has done a better job than the two goaltenders at managing the situation.
However, come playoff time the distraction of who starts the next game is not something a team with Stanley Cup aspirations needs.