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Game 4: Spoiling Schneids

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
For a while on Tuesday night, it looked like ex-Canuck Cory Schneider was going to steal the show in his homecoming. That was until the Canucks' offence decided to wake up.

Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler scored less than five minutes apart in the second period to help the Canucks erase a 2-0 deficit, and Jason Garrison notched his third goal of the season 2:18 into overtime to lift the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

The victory extended the Canucks' win streak to three straight games and improved their record to 3-0-1. The Devils fell to 0-1-3.

Schneider, playing in his first game at Rogers Arena since being traded by the Canucks at the NHL Draft back in June, was the biggest reason the Devils walked away with a point at all in Tuesday's contest.

The former Canuck backstop turned aside his first 15 shots faced and seemed poised to singlehandedly guide the Devils to their first win of the season before the Canucks' pressure at the offensive end of the ice finally paid off.

Schneider finished the night stopping 29 of 32 shots.

Schneider's counterpart and former mentor at the other end, Roberto Luongo, was less busy but did come up with a several key stops including turning aside all eight shots he faced in the third period with the game on the line. He'd finish the night with 21 saves on 23 shots for the win.

Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias had the goals for the Devils, who fell to 0-1-3 on the season.

The Canucks are back in action on Thursday night when they host the red hot San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena.

FRONT LINE AUDITIONS: With Alex Burrows still on the mend, it appears the coveted spot to play with the Sedin twins is still very much up for grabs. Jannik Hansen started the game on Tuesday in that position but, with the Canucks trailing 2-0, was replaced midway through by Mike Santorelli. Santorelli didn't manage to get on the scoresheet but that line did get sparked by the personnel change and responded by producing the two second period tallies. Santorelli was also on the ice for the overtime winner.

OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: It may only be four games into the season but, while there have been a few dicey moments, the Canucks are certainly happy with picking up three wins in their first four games. This is the fastest the Canucks have reached three wins to start a season since 2008.09 when they similarly started 3-1-0. Last season, the Canucks didn't pick up their third win until their seventh game played.

MOVES LIKE JAGR: Somewhat lost in the shuffle with all the hype surrounding the goaltending battle was the fact that future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr made potentially his final visit to Vancouver on Tuesday. The veteran of 20 NHL seasons, who has hinted at potential retirement after this year, didn't disappoint his fans in attendance netting a pair of points for New Jersey. Jagr now has 13 goals and 34 points in 26 career games against the Canucks.

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