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SCHNEIDER EARNS AHL ALL-STAR HONOURS

Manitoba Moose goaltender Cory Schneider was named the winner of the Reebok Top Goalie Award at the 2009 AHL All-Star Skills Competition at the DCU Centre in Worcester, MA as part of the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic. Schneider was selected as the starting goalie for the PlanetUSA All-Stars for the all-star game to be played tonight.

The Marblehead, MA native set an AHL All-Star record by stopping 18 of the 19 shots he faced in the competition to pace the PlanetUSA All-Stars to an 18-12 victory in the skills competition over the Canadian All-Stars.

Schneider, 22, made his NHL debut with the Canucks this season and is the AHL’s leading goaltender so far this season with a 16-2-0 record in 19 appearances, a pair of shutouts, a 1.61 GAA, and a save percentage of .940. He set a new franchise record earlier this season by winning 13 consecutive games and was named the Reebok/X-Pulse AHL Goalie of the Month for November 2008.

The young netminder, drafted in the first round, 26th overall in 2004 by the Canucks, has played in 55 games in his two-year pro career with the Moose. Last season, he compiled a record of 20-12-2 with a goals against average of 2.28 and a save percentage of .913 – both of which ranked second amongst AHL rookie netminders. Schneider was named the Rbk Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for March and started all six Calder Cup games for Manitoba in the playoffs where he posted a 2-4 record with a 1.92 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.

MULTI-TASKING LU

Ever wonder what goes through Roberto Luongo’s head during a game? Yesterday’s NHL All-Star Game gave fans a chance to get to know the star goaltender a little better. Luongo wore a mic while in net for the Western team in the third period, conversing with the commentators and communicating with his teammates throughout.

The Montreal native, freshly back from injury, helped the West push the game into a shootout, only the second time in NHL All-Star history. The West ultimately lost 12-11. Montreal’s Alex Kovalev, the game MVP, and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scored for the East in the shootout, while Boston’s Tim Thomas turned away Phoenix's Shane Doan and Columbus' Rick Nash for the West.

Overall both teams combined for 102 shots and 23 goals, the second-highest total in All-Star Game history. The players' competitive nature certainly kicked into high gear in the third, the tempo picking up to match the crowd's excitement.

“The last 5 minutes and going into the overtime you could tell neither team wanted to lose. It certainly picked up at the end there,” said West defenceman Dan Boyle of San Jose.

Mason Raymond netted a goal in Saturday’s NHL YoungStars game, but his sophomore team fell 9-5 to the rookie squad, led by Boston’s Blake Wheeler and his five (3-2-5) points.

The Canucks are back in Vancouver today for a full practice at GM Place at 4pm.

CANUCKS SUPERSKILLS: Canucks skills are put on display Sunday, February 1st at the annual Superskills event. Can't make it to GM Place? No worries, watch the whole thing live on Canucks.com beginning at 1:00pm. Tickets are still available to the event.
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