In what has to be considered another stepping stone in Cory Schneider’s career, the rookie goaltender put together another solid performance in last night’s 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche. He stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced and recorded his third win of the season. He now has a 3-0-0 record, a 0.969 save percentage and a 0.90 goals-against average.
It was Schneider’s first true test of the season. His first two starts were in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena against two teams that aren’t expected to make the playoffs; last night’s start was on the road against a team the Canucks are expected to battle for first place in the Northwest Division.
He passed with flying colors.
More than ever, Schneider looks poised in net. In his first three games, he rarely seemed out of position and has learned quickly to let the puck hit him. He almost seems like a calming influence in net, and as a result, his teammates rarely panic in front of him. The Canucks are on a 5-game win streak, and Schneider’s been in net for 2 of those wins.
With all due respect to the other goalies of years past, it looks like the Canucks finally have two goalies who can play. For the first time since coming to the Wet Coast, Luongo has a back-up who can seriously push him and keep him honest. I still maintain that there’s no goaltender controversy, but if Schneider keeps his play up, it looks more and more that Luongo will get his 15-20 game rest this season after all.