Thursday, February 01, 2007

Canucks 5 Oilers 3: Edmonsuck!

Well, kudos to the Oilers for their effort in this one, but...nah! The Canucks were the better team and deserved to win this one. Just when it looked like the Oilers could tie this one 3-3 on a late goal by Joffrey Lupul with 36.6 seconds left, Jan "sniper" Bulis sealed the deal with an empty net goal with only 17.7 seconds left in the game.
Markus Naslund, who was great tonight, had this to say:

"You can't emphasize enough how important these games are," Naslund said. "I didn't think we were as sharp as we have to be, especially late in the game, but overall we battled hard and I think we deserved to win."

And that was true. The Oilers got their bounces tonight, but the Canucks had more bounces at more opportune times and shut the Oilers down to preserve the win.
How important was this win? HUGE. The Canucks not only put themselves 8 points ahead of the futile Oilers, but they also gained 2 points on Calgary for 1st place in the Northwest Division.
A few other points about the game:
- How about Marc Chouinard scoring the 3rd Canuck goal to make it 3-1 on a 2-man breakaway??!! I didn't see that coming...But he sure looked poised after he settled the puck down.
-Naslund, who I will butcher at any chance I get, had a great game tonight, scoring 1 goal and adding an assist. His goal showed some unusual confidence, as he charged past a sprawling Bergeron on a 1-on-1 battle and scored on Roloson. Did Nazzy show any sign of relief? Nope. Not even a smile out of the Canucks' captain.
-Jan Bulis, however, looked happy as shit to score an empty net goal. He smiled all the way to the bench, like the weight of the world was lifted off his shoulders.
-Luongod wasn't great tonight, but he was good.
-Nice to see Mitchell back. His leadership is valued no doubt.

3 stars??? Tough call. I'd say:

1. Markus Naslund
2. Marty Reasoner. A gritty game with 1 goal and 1 assist. Reasoner was the best Oiler hands down.
3. Marc Chouinard- For his PK efforts and breakaway goal.

Remember what I said about how well the refs called the game against Columbus? Well, the refs tonight, led by Kerry Fraser, called 14 damned penalties, 7 each.




At February 2, 2007 at 1:22 a.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

entertaining game to be sure !!!! I was at work haha - i didn't get much work done :)

go canucks !

At February 2, 2007 at 7:13 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

I think Ohlund said it best in his post-game comments. Maybe a bit cliche, but appropriate nonetheless:

"It starts in the net," said defenceman Mattias Ohlund. "Roberto has made some great saves for us. But having said that, I think we have a great system. Everyone feels comfortable and everyone knows what they are supposed to do out there. Once you get on a roll and get some confidence as a group, it's very easy to play."

Especially the bold part. A great defensive system without forfeiting on offense.

Hey, haven't you pretty much been saying that the whole season? :-)

At February 2, 2007 at 8:38 a.m. , Anonymous grey wall said...

In ode to the long-suffering oilogosphere's christening of Conklin/Markenen as Conkannan, I say we name our two free agent signings "Bunard." Bunard was on last night, especially the nard part.

If Morrison, Naslund and Bunard continue to have games like that (an open question), the canucks are in good shape.

At February 2, 2007 at 9:50 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Bunard! LOL! Too bad they don't play on the same line all that much! Great name though! Copyright it!

I'm glad the Canucks have bought into the system and are enjoying playing that way. Now I can't wait to see this system in the playoffs.

At February 2, 2007 at 1:41 p.m. , Anonymous grey wall said...

That's all right. I'm against copyright protection in all forms. Down with microsoft!

even several hours later that shit is funny out loud.


At February 2, 2007 at 6:06 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At February 2, 2007 at 6:26 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You ok, anonymous? Don't get any on ya!


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