Jason Garrison, Maxim Lapierre and Zack Kassian scored goals as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.

Now on to the really important stuff. Like who's going to start in goal Friday night when the Chicago Blackhawks visit town?

Roberto Luongo threw a little gasoline on the goaltending controversy with another strong performance Wednesday night. A surprise starter, Luongo turned aside all 24 shots he faced to record his 61st NHL shutout.

He's now played more minutes this season than Cory Schneider, who had been anointed Vancouver's new starter last spring.

Many expect Schneider will start Friday night against the Blackhawks, who are 6-0-1 after losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. But many observers also thought coach Alain Vigneault would start Schneider against the Avalanche.

Vigneault wasn't saying anything about his Friday starter after the game.

"I'll tell you tomorrow," he said, then adding "again, I understand why this is an issue outside our dressing room. We've got two goaltenders who want to play 60 games in a 48-game schedule. I get it. But at the end of the day, they are both quality individuals, they are both team guys and they will do what I say and never complain."

Luongo, of course, is accustomed to normally getting the next start after a shutout.

"I don't know," Luongo said when asked if he expected to start against the Hawks. "Like I have said before, I just get ready to play and whatever the decision is it will be fine.. I just want to be ready and whoever starts Friday is good."

Chants of "Louuuuuuu" filled Rogers Arena in the dying seconds and the fans gave Luongo a standing ovation when the final buzzer sounded. It's clear most Canuck fans appreciate the way Luongo has handled an uncomfortable situation.

"It was nice," Luongo said. "It was a nice moment there the last few seconds and also coming out for the (first) star as well. It was something I very much appreciated."

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