I’m one of AV’s biggest critics, but I must admit he’s handled the goalie situation in Vancouver really well over the past two weeks. Putting Lu back in net after a shaky first period performance by Schneider was perfect timing.
AV sends a message to his team to play better, he gives Schneider a break after seven consecutive starts, and he gets Lu some much needed playing time leading up the Canucks weekend games vs Calgary and Montreal. It was really a no lose situation for AV to give Lu these minutes. The team was down by two goals, making it nearly impossible for Lu to lose the game for them. Especially without the threat of Joel Ward scoring from behind the net.
The Canucks responded by scoring 5 goals in the second period, making for an unusually entertaining game vs the Preds. With the Canucks putting themselves back in the game, Lu now has an opportunity to win the game for them.