After Robert Luongo up only three goals combined during the No. 3-seeded Vancouver Canucks‘ two home losses to the No. 6-seeded San Jose Sharks, the Canucks made a move that at the time did not seem desperate. In Game 3, starting goaltender Cory Schneider returned to his place between the pipes after spending weeks out with injury.
However, Vancouver did begin to appear a little more desperate after putting Luongo back in net after Schneider allowed three goals in 2:27 in Game 3. This game of musical net continues with Schneider starting tonight and, whether any of these switches wreak of desperation or not, going into Game 4 down 0-3 sounds like a recipe for just that regardless of the goaltender situation.
“Cory didn’t lose his net to injury,” Canucks Coach Alain Vigneault said after the Game 3 loss, via The Associated Press. “He was playing real well. He was good to go today. He knew yesterday. Cory was healthy and he’s the guy that I wanted to go with. It was my decision.”
Vigneault did no waver from his opinion after Tuesday’s morning skate: “Cory, in my opinion, is our MVP. He’s one of the reasons why we got into the playoffs. He’s had great bounce-back games and he’s been outstanding this year, and I think our group has total faith in both goaltenders, but they’ve got a lot of faith in Cory and I’ve got a lot of faith in him. That’s why we’re going with him tonight.”
Only three teams have ever rallied from three games down in the NHL playoffs, and Vancouver must start by beating San Jose for the first time in seven tries.