Schneider made 44 saves to bail out teammates who admitted they were outplayed for much of the game, and the Canucks went on to their fourth straight victory, 4-1 over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
“Dallas was probably the better team overall for 60 minutes, but sometimes all you need is a good power play and a good goalie,” Daniel Sedin said.
Schneider was backed up by Roberto Luongo, who rejoined his teammates Friday. Luongo had been with his wife, Gina, who gave birth to a boy, the couple’s second child, on Wednesday in South Florida.
Schneider, 6-0-2 this season, stopped all 18 shots he faced in the second period. Schneider also turned aside James Neal’s penalty shot in the second period.
“Some nights you need your goaltender to steal you a win, and that’s what we got tonight, an outstanding performance from Schneids, who made the right saves at the right time,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “We needed him big tonight, and he came up big for us.”
Kevin Bieksa added a power-play goal for the Canucks, who went 3-for-5 with the man advantage.
Stars coach Marc Crawford said some ill-advised penalties drained momentum from his team.
“I think tonight we played a pretty strong game, but we had some adversity and it came in the form of penalties that were self-inflicted for the most part and we didn’t have any confidence in our penalty kill,” Crawford said. “I thought that maybe we were reading their press clippings about how good their power play is, and it seemed to me, we were back on our heels, and when we got aggressive on the penalty kill, I thought we killed much better.”