Cory Schneider’s tenure as the Vancouver Canucks starting goaltender is off to a rocky start. Schneider allowed five Anaheim goals on 14 shots, including three goals within the span of 3:04 in the second period before getting pulled in favor of Roberto Luongo.
Schneider was playing in his first game since inking a three-year, $12 million contract extension over the summer. The deal — combined with Luongo’s struggles in the playoffs — led to speculation that the Canucks were going to trade Luongo and fully commit to the Schneider era.
In the end, the Vancouver Canucks entered the season with both goaltenders. Despite the awkward situation, Luongo hasn’t put pressure on Canucks GM Mike Gillis to trade him and, in turn, Gillis has downplayed the trade rumors.
In the end, maybe entering the season with two capable starting goaltenders won’t prove to be such a bad idea, even if their combined annual cap hit is an unsettling $9,333,333.
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.
They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: