Canucks Feed Schneider to the Sharks

I was at the Sharks – Canucks game last night and two things really stood out to me:

1)  Cory Schneider’s teammates owe him a HUGE Christmas present tomorrow.  Like maybe a new car.  If your only insight into this game came from checking the box score today you’d see that Schneider gave up 5 goals on 15 shots in less than 21 minutes of play and you’d think to yourself “wow, Canucks will be glad when Luongo returns”.

Yes, the Canucks were tired after grinding out a win over the Ducks the night before and immediately afterwards flying down to San Jose.  Yes, they spent most of the first period short-handed.  But they should have saved the cost of a charter flight and just sent Schneider to deliver the two points on a platter to the Sharks.  The Canucks defense looked like Top Gun pilots on their first day at Miramar, twisting their necks to see which Shark player just flew by him.  And the the replays of the third goal (btw, beautiful scoreboard in HP Pavillion) sure looked like the point shot was deflected in by Schneider’s own D-man.

The visiting backup goalie in San Jose is separated from his team's bench

The visiting backup goalie in San Jose sits alone and feels shame.

Schneider is not sending Christmas cheer to his defense

Schneider is not sending Christmas cheer to his defense

2) If you’re going to spend $162.5M on building the HP Pavillion (or $158M on the RBC Center in Raleigh) can’t you spend an extra couple hundred to make the visitor bench big enough to hold the backup goalie?  Schneider was mercifully pulled after the fifth goal, but since the visiting backup goalie doesn’t fit on the bench he had to go sit by himself in a corner of the rink, exposed to any abusive San Jose fan.  It’s worse than going to the penalty box to feel shame, it’s like sending a 5yr old to his room for a timeout.  On the plus side however, at least Schneider was prevented from killing his own teammates and they were spared the guilty feeling of having to look him in the eye.  At least in Carolina they have cute dancers for the goalie to watch.

The RBC Center in Carolina has the same setup.  Yes, he's the visiting goalie but he's still a human goalie!

The RBC Center in Carolina has the same setup. Yes, he's the visiting goalie but he's still a human goalie!

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3 Comments

  1. Same in long island

  2. I could never understand this in newer buildings such as Carolina and San Jose. How long have we had backup goalies for?

    Ridiculous there aren’t more standards to the layouts of the buildings – especially the newer ones.

  3. Sometimes I think the buildings were deliberately built that way to give visiting teams a disadvantage. But then I noticed the Sharks’ backup goalie doesn’t even have a seat in his own building. So I still think it’s deliberate but it’s simply to get a couple more paying customers in the door and in the expensive seats. Seriously, if you stand behind the benches in San Jose, about 20 rows up, it’s shocking to see how short they are.


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