He still hasn't been credited with scoring during a game but Vancouver Canucks rookie Jordan Schroeder managed the goal that beat the Chicago Blackhawks in a 2-1 shootout Friday night.
Appearing in his first NHL shootout, the 22-year-old looked like a veteran as he broke in fast, then fired a low, hard shot that squeaked through the pads of Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford.
"I wanted to go in with some speed and wide," said Schroeder, who helped the Canucks improve their record to 4-2-2.
"I came back to the middle and changed my pace of speed. I froze him. He opened up the five hole a little bit and it trickled through."
Defenceman Alex Edler had given the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the first period before Chicago's Patrick Kane tied the game at 9:42 of the third. The Blackhawks suffered their second consecutive shootout loss after starting the season with six victories.
Crawford had stopped Alex Burrows, Zack Kassian and Maxim Lapierre before Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault tapped Schroeder. The rookie wasn't totally surprised he got the call.
"We have been working on it," he said. "I knew my name would get called. I was fortunate enough to get one and score."
Vigneault said the Canucks have been practising the shootout and collecting feedback from the goaltenders and goalie coach Roland Melanson.
"They have been sharing the information on who they feel is better suited to help us out," said Vigneault. "We get that information . . . and make the best decision we can for the team."
Chicago controlled the five-minute overtime, outshooting Vancouver 4-1. The Blackhawks were also awarded a power play with 1:11 left when Vancouver defenceman Jason Garrison was called for high sticking.
Chicago, who outshot Vancouver 28-22, was 0 for 5 on the power play.
"It's tough to lose in a shootout," Kane said. "I thought in the third we played pretty well.
"It seemed like we were all over them, but they are a tough team. They're always going to be a rival and come out to play hard against us, especially in their building."
Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo, coming off a shutout against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, turned in another solid performance.
In the second period he gloved a blast from Brandon Saad and calmly blocked a long shot from Dave Bolland. In the first period he stopped Marian Hossa on a breakaway, then dragged a leg in front of a Brent Seabrook blast during a Chicago power play.
"Sometimes you get in a rhythm," said Luongo. "You are seeing the puck and getting bounces.
"When you're in that zone you want to keep it going as long as possible and take advantage of it."