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VANCOUVER - It didn't take long for the Vancouver Canucks' goaltending

controversy to heat up again.

Cory Schneider, the netminder tagged as the club's new starter, allowed

five goals on 14 shots before getting the hook Saturday as the Canucks

suffered an embarrassing 7-3 season-opening loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

"It doesn't matter what market I was in," Schneider said of being in the spotlight.

"If I played this way, it would be unacceptable anywhere in the world. So I'm not

too concerned about where I am right now."

Schneider was pulled in favour of former No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo after allowing

a trio of goals — including two in 11 seconds — just over three minutes apart early in the second period.

"I've learned that, in a market like this, you have to be accountable and responsible, and you

have to perform well in the crease," said Schneider, who signed a three-year contract extension

in the off-season. "Tonight, I didn't perform well in the crease."

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