Dale Weise is gone for some time with a shoulder injury and it may be some time before Cory Schneider vacates the crease.

If not for another setback to an injury-ravaged roster when Weise was injured Saturday in Los Angeles — and the challenge to find balanced scoring — Schneider would have been the story Sunday. The optics of his fourth-consecutive start with Alain Vigneault altering his practice of splitting his stoppers in back-to-back outing could have clouded the crowded crease some more. There could have been a rush to check the pulse of Roberto Luongo, but all that was needed was to check the bottom line. Three wins and a shutout before Schneider backstopped a 3-2 decision over the Colorado Avalanche.

"For some time I've been looking for somebody to get on a roll — there's your answer," said the Canucks coach, who wouldn't bite on who starts Tuesday against Columbus. "Don't think you have me figured out because I don't have myself figured out."

With the Canucks also decimated by injuries to Ryan Kesler, David Booth, Zack Kassian and Steve Pinizzotto's illness, it's easy to figure the rallying cry was just win, baby. With Schneider finding his game again, it was the best option for Vigneault. Five games in seven nights were enough to tax a healthy lineup, but a hobbled one was going to need to lean on strong goaltending once again. Schneider didn't disappoint.

He didn't have a chance on a 2-on-1 breakaway that resulted in a perfect Jamie McGinn first-period goal, and a third period power-play goal credited to PA Parenteau was actually a passing attempt to the point. It hit Jannik Hansen, changed direction and surprised Schneider on the short side.

"We did a great job killing the 5-on-3 and I don't think they got a shot on it," he said of the Avs advantage. "It was a bad bounce that goes in the net, but we didn't give them much before that power play. We're pretty happy. We're in that mentally on the road of where you don't think about it (injuries). You just go do it. Guys have been slotting in nicely and doing what they're told and not too much.



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