SAN JOSE -- The Sharks will face goalie Cory Schneider in Game 4 as Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault hopes his team can avoid elimination Tuesday night at HP Pavilion.
"Cory in my opinion is our MVP and is one of the reasons why we got into the playoffs," Vigneault said Tuesday. "He's had great bounce back games and has been outstanding. I think our group has total faith in both goaltenders, but they have a lot of faith in Cory and I have a lot of faith in him. That's why we're going with him tonight."
The Sharks scored twice on Schneider in the first two periods in Game 3 on Sunday, but erupted for three goals in the first five minutes of the third period to take a 5-1 lead and chase Schneider, who made 23 saves in his first start in this year's playoffs. Roberto Luongo started the first two games of the series.
"I think Cory, the whole team, myself, we've moved on past that," Vigneault said. "We're focused on tonight, we're focused on how we need to execute on the ice against a team that's playing extremely well right now."
Schneider started for all three of the Canucks' regular season meetings against the Sharks, going 0-3. He finished the regular season 17-9-4 record with five shutouts and a .927 save percentage.
Schneider lost three starts in a row only once this season and lost back to back games on two other occasions.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa did not participate in the Canucks' morning skate but will play in Game 4.