Perhaps getting into the spirit of playoff gamesmanship, Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Saturday that he wouldn't mind if the Vancouver Canucks started Cory Schneider in goal for Game 3 of their opening-round series at HP Pavilion. Schneider, for undisclosed reasons, missed the final two games of the regular season and did not dress for the Canucks in their first two playoff games against the Sharks. But he made the trip to San Jose on Saturday, leading to speculation that he'll be in net for Sunday's game. Schneider went 17-9-4 for the Canucks this season and was in net for Vancouver in all three of its regular season meetings with the Sharks. Backup goalie Roberto Luongo started the first two games of the series and was especially solid for Vancouver in Game 2, making 30 saves, including 10 in a busy first period. "It may be a great thing for us. I think Luongo's been tremendous," McLellan said. "If they want to take that quality of a goaltender out of the lineup and go to the other one, we'll take our chances with that as well." Before his team left for the Bay Area, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters that Schneider's status is still day to day. Per Canucks team policy, injured or ill players are not made available to the media. Before the series began, Schneider practiced and said he wanted to play in Game 1, and Vigneault on Wednesday morning said Schneider was ready to play.
Coach Todd McLellan wouldn't mind if Canucks change goalies
San Jose Mercury News | May 5