Goalie Cory Schneider fell on the sword for his teammates after the Vancouver Canucks dropped a 4-2 home-ice decision Tuesday night to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Always accountable, Schneider stood in front of his dressing room stall and said, essentially, blame me.

He was probably being a little hard on himself. Yes, Schneider could have been better, but he had lots of company among his Canuck teammates in that department.

"I'm just getting sick of giving up three goals a night and playing like an okay goalie and not the goalie that I know I can be and that my teammates expect to be," Schneider said.

He was particularly upset about Antoine Vermette's goal at 12:32 of the third that gave the Coyotes a 3-1 lead. Schneider got a piece of the shot, but it trickled though his pads.

"You have to find a way (to) make that big save late in the third," Schneider said. "You get most of it, but it hits your pad and goes in. It's bad luck, but almost isn't good enough right now.

"There have been a lot of almosts lately and I'm just tried of it. I have to be better, I have to find a way to get back down to one, two goals a game like we're used to and the team plays well enough to do, and right now it's just not happening and I have to figure out why."

Henrik Sedin, playing in his 600th straight game, made things interesting when he tipped a shot by his brother Daniel past Phoenix goalie Mike Smith to make it 3-2 at 13:36 of the third. But the Coyotes iced the game with Kyle Chipchura's empty-netter with 23 seconds remaining in the third.

Coach Alain Vigneault said others had to share the blame with Schneider.

"This is a team game," Vigneault said. "I mean, we have to score more than two goals and we need to do a better job of defending on certain occasions. Tonight a couple of turnovers in our end cost us the first two goals and the third one we mishandled the puck at their blueline and they came down in an out-numbered situation that led to a breakaway and the guy scored.”

Home ice suddenly isn't an advantage for the Canucks, who have now lost three straight at Rogers Arena.



Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Canucks+Coyotes+lose+third+straight+home/8020633/story.html#ixzz2M6J2vWBR - See more at: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks/Canucks+Coyotes+lose+third+straight+home/8020633/story.html#sthash.VRcwGDc3.dpuf