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Canucks have faith in Schneider

by Eric Gilmore

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider is back in net Tuesday at HP Pavilion for Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks (CNBC, TS, RDS).

The Canucks trail 3-0 in the best-of-7 series, and Schneider gave up five goals on 28 shots before being pulled 4:07 into the third period of a 5-2 loss Sunday in Game 3 after missing the first two games with an undisclosed injury.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said it wasn't a hard decision to stick with Schneider instead of turning back to Roberto Luongo, who relieved Schneider in Game 3 after losing Games 1 and 2.

"Cory, in my opinion, is our MVP," Vigneault said after the Canucks' morning skate. "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."

Schneider said he welcomed the chance to start another game and the opportunity to help his team extend the series.

"It's great. It's a big opportunity," Schneider said. "I'll do what I can for us. It's exciting playing this game. I'm really looking forward to getting back in there."

Schneider allowed two goals in the first two periods Sunday, then the Sharks struck for three quick goals early in the third period, two on the power play.

Schneider was asked if it was easy to put that Game 3 loss behind him.

"Yeah, for sure. I already did," he said. "It's only an afterthought. New day, new game, completely different circumstances. I feel fine."

Vigneault declined to discuss the three goals Schneider gave up in a span of 2:27.

"I think Cory and the whole team and myself, we've moved on past that," the coach said. "We're focused on tonight, focused on how we need to execute on the ice against a team that's playing extremely well right now. We got to win one game. We believe we can win one game."

Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, was not at the morning skate but was in the lineup.

Here's how the lineups likely would look Tuesday for Game 4:


TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Raffi Torres - Logan Couture - Patrick Marleau

Andrew Desjardins - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels

James Sheppard - Scott Gomez - Adam Burish

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle

Scott Hannan - Brad Stuart

Justin Braun - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Alex Stalock, Matt Tennyson, Bracken Kearns, Tim Kennedy

Injured: Jason Demers (ankle), Martin Havlat (lower body)


Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

Chris Higgins - Derek Roy - Ryan Kesler

Mason Raymond - Maxim Lapierre - Jannik Hansen

Dale Weise - Andrew Ebbett - Zack Kassian

Alexander Edler - Kevin Bieksa

Dan Hamhuis - Jason Garrison

Andrew Alberts - Frank Corrado

Cory Schneider

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Steven Pinizzotto, Cam Barker, Keith Ballard, Derek Joslin, Tom Sestito

Injured: Christopher Tanev (ankle), David Booth (ankle), Manny Malhotra (eye)

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