Thursday, October 24, 2013

Luongo Gets the Best of Cory Schneider as Canucks Down Devils

The Devils lost 3-2 in a shootout against Vancouver in the first meeting of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider since Schneider was shipped off to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick in the off-season.

It was a long-running soap opera in Vancouver, in which Luongo, originally the man, became the non-man, and Schneider, originally a back-up, became the man. Or were they both the man? Or was neither? At times it was hard to tell, as it always is in a goaltending controversy.

The media made much of this, but as Schneider said this summer it wasn't really a divisive situation between the two talented netmiders:

"I don't think it was as bad as everyone made it out to be," Schneider said. "It wasn't like this was something that took over our team in any way. It was something Roberto and I had to deal with, but we're both professionals and we get along and we enjoy each other, so it wasn't as hard for us as maybe some other people. But I think ideally you'd like to have verification and a defined role on your team."

That said, it doesn't mean that they didn't want to beat their old teams badly on Thursday, and Schneider was hard on himself after giving up a few soft goals to allow Vancouver to force the extra session. “Not a very good one by me,” Schneider said. “Just two real bad goals that cost a point. We should’ve never went to a shootout. No disrespect to Vancouver, I thought I kind of gave them two goals there. (Luongo) made some big saves in the third, they hung around and won the shootout.

“So, it’s my fault we lost the point tonight.”

He's right. There's pretty much no defending either of these goals.

The Devils fall to 1-5-4 after ten games, and Schneider took it hard. “We played great, we deserved to win. Those guys worked their butts off and played mistake-free hockey,” Schneider said. “I made two mistakes and they both end up in the back of the net. It’s unacceptable on my part."