mathonwy wrote:Tonight, I saw something that I've never seen before.
Cory Schneider cracking under the pressure. Cory was absolutely shelled in the third and as goal after goal went in, we saw his play get sloppier and sloppier. His rebound control was absolute shite, he was passing the puck horribly and he was caught out of position a lot.
Luo on the other hand, has been through the ringer and I think his control over his emotions is much better now versus even a couple years ago.
The question is, is Cory the right goalie to go with right now when the chips are down? Your Canucks are trending downwards right now. I don't have any solid statistics to back this up. Just a gut feeling based on watching them play the last 10 games. Maybe we need a consistent familiar veteran presence in net right now to right the ship.
It's easy to point fingers right now but SRSLY, what does that really accomplish?
We need stability right now that typically starts with the guy in net.
That third period was certainly his worst in a while. But in the first and second periods he was very good.
He didn't have a prayer on Fiddler's goal.
He could have had the 2nd goal, but Barker and Edler completely fucked up, Barker followed his man while Edler let his guy go. Not sure if maybe Barker was thinking play man and Edler figured they were going to switch and play sides, who knows, but that's one Schneider should have bailed them out on. Shit happens.
The third goal he's off the hook. That was a terrible turnover by Burrows and Ballard. Benn rifled that. Nobody stopping that.
On the fourth goal he made a save on a deflected shot, defensive coverage was absent, and Whitney was all alone at the side of the net. Not on Schneids, it's tough to control a rebound in the NHL as is, tougher still when the shot is deflected.
The fifth goal was again a perfect shot, but again, this one he could have had.
I really got the impression after they scored the third goal that he had deflated. Like he had just gone the way of the rest of team and given up. Dallas had been coming stronger and faster since Fiddler tied it at the 12 minute mark of the the second period. Regardless, it wasn't a good third period for him, and we've never seen him sag so badly late in a game. Hopefully it's just a blip on a young starters career path, or maybe he's still under the weather and was really fatigued by the third, regardless, hopefully he just bounces back with a big game on Saturday against Detroit.
By the way, why is it that all these teams, who are supposed to be fairly devoid of talent, manage to get so many good looks in the slot on our goaltenders and are able to pick corners and wire shots into our net? I mean, it's not like we're seeing the same at the other end from our forwards? All we ever see is a hot-potatoe around the boards and bombs away from the point with guys there for the rebound about 30% of the time and a one-man net presence about 50% of the time.I don't get it? Maybe we should as the coach if that is his gameplan or if the players just aren't doing what they're told....