NHL Weekly Stars
So we’ll say it for him. This is a well deserved league award for the man getting the Vancouver Canucks season on the right track again towards the 2011/12 NHL playoffs.
Our man Steve Lee said it right this week.
Doing his best to help fuel the growing goalie controversy in Vancouver, Schneider has taken advantage of the opportunity laid out in front of him and not just run, but practically pulled out a Usain Bolt. – Cory Schneider (Backup/Schmackup)
This week’s SECOND STAR — CORY SCHNEIDER, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Cory Schneider posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts, helping the Canucks (13-9-1) climb within two points of the first-place Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Division.
He was on fire to start the week as he grabbed himself consecutive shutouts. First he turned away 24 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 23.
Next up he stopped 22 more in a 5-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Nov. 25.
To top it off hee won his fourth consecutive game by making a season-high 43 saves in a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks Nov. 26.
Not bad for a week’s work.
His overall NHL record is now 6-4-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 appearances.
The NHL honored Sidney Crosby (Center for the Penguins) as the leagues first star this week.
Picking up the third star was Brian Elliot, the goalie of the St. Louis Blues.
Moving forward it must be said that Roberto Luongo, the Canucks #1 goalie has to know that the man wearing the number 35, has won over the fans early this season and is ready to stake his claim as number 1.
The pressure is on Bobby Lou.