Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Canucks 3 Matt Lombardi 2

A nail biter for sure. This game was madness. The Canucks were, for the most part, in control for the first half of the game, attaining a 2-0 lead from goals by Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison. But then the refs started calling a barrage of penalties in the 2nd period, which really changed the complexion of the game.
A lot of these penalties against both teams were pathetic. I think Mick McGeough was calling it down the line. But Brad Watson was a disgrace in some of his calls. Especially the tripping penalty on Luongo. Pathetic. And I usually don't gripe much about referees. Watson should retire his jersey early after that shit. I don't think he even saw it! HE then called an dumbassed even-up call soon after.
Sure, only one PP goal was scored on a combined 17 PP chances for both teams, but I thought the Canucks were in control up to the point that all the calls started. All the calls created a frenzy, and changed the momentum numerous times I thought.
Matt Lombardi, who would look better wearing a Canucks jersey, scored a shorthanded beauty on Luongo on a solo rush to cut the lead to 2-1 at the 6:00 minute mark of the 2nd. Panic time. But 9.5 minutes later, Alexander Burrows, who hadn't scored a goal in 48 damned games, performs a solo rush up the ice and dekes Kipper out of his protective cup. Burrows, with hands like that, how could it take you so long to score??? Probably the NHL goal of the night.
2 minutes after Burrow's wizardry, Lombardi scores another beauty over top of Luongo's right arm and it's panic time again. Right after Lombarment's 2nd, Bieksa takes offence to Andrew Ference and beats his pansy ass. But this seems to rally the Flames instead.
The Flames then outshot the Nucks 13-4 in the 3rd period and the Canucks, with the help of a brilliant Luongo, held them off.
Oh, and the refs put their whistles away in the 3rd for the most part! Colin Campbell must have made a call between periods.....
This rivalry is heating up.
The Canucks have won 4 in a row.
How many points did Iginla have tonight? NONE....AGAIN!! Nucks have his number. No one else does!

My 3 stars:

1. Matt Lombardi. 2 goals, and all over the ice tonight.
2. Roberto Luongo. Only allowed 2 goals on 29 shots. Made phenomenal saves. A .931 save %
3. Brendan Morrison. 1 goal, 1 assist. He's heating up.


The Canucks have moved up to 7th spot now, and are 1 point ahead of Calgary, and 3 points ahead of 9th place Colorado, and 10th place Edmonton.


At January 3, 2007 at 1:46 a.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

Well I was working so I didn't get to see the game. I listened to it on the radio. Sounded like the ref-ing was the big story of the game. Why is there is no accountability for the officials??? What a joke. Did you see Shanahans' comments about the refs this season?

I guess I was wrong about the Canucks when the Sedins are shut down. WTF is Linden doing scoring???? Borat looked pretty good on that shot by Ritchie on the 2on1. At least Calgary only plays them 2 more times this year!

I think the Flames need to sign Lombardi to a long term deal sooner than later. His stock is going to continue to rise. He's got to be one of the fastest players in the league.

They really need to fire Rich Preston (special teams coach) NOW! They are PATHETIC on the PP. PATHETIC! Time for a new look.

Oh well, I hope they can beat Florida on Thursday.

At January 3, 2007 at 2:58 a.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Trevor Linden on the banner?

Damnit Zanstorm, I'm gettin' all teary-eyed here. You just made my entire night!

You weren't kidding about Burrows' goal! Hokey Hapsburg on a Hippopotamus! He totally looked like he was going around the night wide, but then he pulled his stick around and stuffed 'er home! Tremendous :-)

Luongo OwnZ Kipper!

*happy dance dedicated to Matt*

At January 3, 2007 at 11:26 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Matt- There must be some accountablity there. I'm sure Hyper McGeough got into some shit over the blown call in Edmonton.

Jin- It's all about respect for Linden's turnaround right now. He's playing with heart.
That goal was so good, that even John Garrett started laughing about it right after Alex buried it. The best part was the smirk on Vigneault's face!


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