There was no controversy in the crease Saturday. As expected, Cory Schneider will start Sunday against the San Jose Sharks after his 30-save performance Friday in a 5-0 drubbing of the Ducks in Anaheim opened a three-game road trip in impressive fashion. And, as expected, Roberto Luongo took the news in stride. While the hockey world awaits his eventual trade and an end to a saga where the Vancouver Canucks goalies are saying all the right things in a situation that will become more uncomfortable the longer it persists, there was no drama at a downtown practice facility. Just reality. Not that it's easy for Luongo to accept. "Of course, but I've put my ego aside here and I'm trying to work hard and do my best and be ready," he's said. "We all know, and it goes without saying, that both Cory and I want to play. We're competitors but I'm not going to put myself ahead of the team." Until general manager Mike Gillis gets the right return on that deal he's hinted at — and approaches Luongo who has a no-trade clause and will waive it for the right destination — the goalie doesn't want to dwell on the daily dose of rumours and speculation. "That's what I told him," said Luongo. "I don't really want to be bothered on a day-to-day basis with that stuff and I've pretty much given him the green light to do whatever." Schneider has done what an anointed starter is supposed to do. Gather his game. Give his team a chance to win and keep his head on straight. His fifth career shutout came Friday because he carry any baggage. He didn't let any situation or anybody get to him when he allowed five goals on 14 shots against the Ducks on Jan. 19 and got yanked. "Nobody feels bad for me," stressed Schneider. "I'm not going to feel bad for myself and I don't need pats on the shoulder to say it's going to be alright. It's your job and you have to bounce back mentally and prepare yourself. People can't do it for you. I'd like to think I got past that point a while ago, but sometimes you have to put it into practice."
Luongo: 'I've put my ego aside, I'm not going to put myself ahead of the team'
Vancouver Province | Jan 26