Schneider, Kassian lift Canucks past Flames in SO

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 1:52 am •  Published: January 24, 2013
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Cory Schneider redeemed himself in a big way Wednesday night.

Schneider made 34 saves in regulation and added a decisive shootout stop to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Calgary Flames 3-2.

The goalie made up for a poor season-opening performance when he was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots Saturday in a one-sided loss to Anaheim.

"It was extremely important," Schneider said. "I had to have a bounce-back game. I had to show myself and my teammates that first game was a fluke, and I felt better as it went on."

Schneider secured the win by stopping Curtis Glencross' wrist shot on the final shootout attempt of the game.

"I've seen him make some nice shots," Schneider said. "Those lefties come from their off side. A lot of times, they're looking to shoot, so I just try to stay patient and not go down too early."

Zack Kassian scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout for Vancouver.

Kassian scored the decisive goal by deking Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the fifth round. Alex Burrows also scored in the shootout for Vancouver.

Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks (1-1-1), giving them a 2-0 lead about halfway through the second period.

Alex Tanguay scored in regulation and had one in the shootout for Calgary (0-2-1). Mikael Backlund had the tying goal with just under 4 minutes to go in the second period.

"We just haven't been able to put a full game together, but we're starting to figure out the way Coach (Bob) Hartley wants us to play," Tanguay said. "We're starting to get more used to what we have to do out there, and I think that tonight in the latter part of the game was a good example of that."

Schneider gave the Canucks the shootout win after they lost one to Edmonton on Sunday with Roberto Luongo in net. Luongo was displaced as Vancouver's starter in the playoffs last year.

"I was excited for the shootout," said Schneider, who is 4-2 for his career in 1-on-1 segments. "I enjoy them, I really like them and I have a lot of confidence in our shooters.

"It's fun having the game on the line and you've got to make a save to keep it going, so that's an opportunity I relish. It's a good challenge for me. It's going to mean a lot of points this year so you probably have to like them."

Schneider and Kiprusoff entered the game looking to redeem themselves. Despite a few gaffes, Schneider was much sharper than in his season-opening effort as he and Kiprusoff both finished with 34 saves.

"He responded the way I expected he would respond — by playing well," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said of Schneider.

Kiprusoff was sharp during a second period in which the Canucks badly outshot the Flames until the late going. He had allowed nine goals in losses to the Ducks and San Jose.

Schneider got off to a bit of a shaky start as he mishandled a slow shot that got tangled in his skates in the goal crease. He also caught a break during a Calgary power play after Jay Bouwmeester's shot rang off the post after deflecting off Canucks defenseman Alex Edler's stick in the air.