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By Cam Tucker
Globe Correspondent / June 11, 2011

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With a tap on the pads and a glove-to-glove high five of sorts, Cory Schneider entered the Stanley Cup Final in the third period of Game 4 Wednesday night in Boston.

Every young hockey player dreams of winning it all. In this case, Schneider, the Canucks’ backup goalie, was needed to relieve Roberto Luongo, who allowed four goals on 20 shots in a 4-0 Bruins win.

“I just wanted to make the most of it and not get the team further in a hole,’’ said Schneider, who hails from Marblehead, Mass., and starred at Boston College. “You never know what’s going to happen, so I just tried to make a few saves.’’

Schneider’s entrance brought cheers from fans in Vancouver, who long have been quick to criticize Luongo.

Back in Boston, TD Garden wasn’t the warmest atmosphere for Schneider to skate into. The hostile crowd was spurred on by the Bruins’ large lead. The eight family members and friends Schneider had in attendance that night were powerless to stop the Bronx cheer Schneider received when he made his first save.

But regardless of the situation he was forced into, the 25-year-old Schneider seems to be enjoying every second of the Cup Final.

“Coming home to Boston has been really special, but it also leads to a lot of added activities,’’ Schneider wrote on his blog for NHL.com prior to Game 4. “Of course, most of my friends are from Boston, but they’re honorary Canucks fans for the Stanley Cup.’’

They might be the only Canucks fans in Boston. And Schneider has paid a pretty penny for those close to him to watch him and his team chase the Cup.

“When it was all said and done, I had to spend about $3,500 on the tickets. I was more than happy to do it,’’ Schneider wrote. “If you told me six months ago I’d have to shell out that kind of money, I’d definitely be excited about it because it means I’m going to be playing in the Stanley Cup Final in my hometown.’’

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