Sunday, February 04, 2007

Flames 4 Canucks 3

There is not any need to post a 3 paragraph piece on tonight's game. The bottom line is that the Flames skated harder and had more desire to win this game. The Canucks were outshot 42-28. If it wasn't for Luongo, this game would have been 7-3. Luongo took a Dion Phaneuf point-shot off the side of the mask in the 2nd period and laid on the ice as if he were dead. I panicked. But he got up and finished the game. The problem was that the Canucks were out-hustled, outshot, and really did not deserve a win tonight.
It was only the Canucks' 2nd loss since Xmas. The Flames are 20-2-o at home over the past 3 months. Since the acquisition of Craig Conroy, the Flames look confident and poised to take over and keep top spot in the Northwest Division.
What was the turning point? Daymond Langkow's PP goal at 3:54 of the 2nd period. The Canucks were getting into penalty trouble and the Flames finally capitalized. After Langkow's goal, the Flames took over the momentum of the game, and really didn't look back until they were on their heels late in the game with Luongo pulled. Taylor Pyatt scored to make it 4-3 at 18:10 of the 3rd period, and the Nucks nearly tied it in the dying seconds. But let's be honest here. A Canucks' tying goal would have been an undeserving prize. The Flames played harder and deserved the win.
-Bunard did not show up.
-Linden was lackluster.
-Bieksa was golden again.
-Luongo is Luongod.

3 stars?

1. Alex Tanguay. 1 goal 1 assist.
2. Jarome Iginla. 2 assists. Finally he had more room against the Nucks.
3. Roberto Luongod. You know, that glove save that went to review was one of the best saves I've seen all year.

Naslund had this to say:

"We had a real poor performance in probably our biggest game of the year, it's inexcusable," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. "Obviously, they deserved the win. Luongo kept us in there for a long time when maybe we shouldn't have been in there."
Bottom line, Nazzy.

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7 Comments:

At February 4, 2007 at 7:00 AM , Blogger Jenny said...

What a disappointing result !!! I was hoping against hope that somehow the undeserving canucks would pull this one out - it was not too be. Aside from Luongo's heroics they didn't deserve the win at all but ..... i was still hoping ! better luck next time hopefully! Lets hope they beat the oilers on tuesday !

 
At February 4, 2007 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, Tuesday's game is going to be a beauty no doubt! I get the feeling that Calgary is going to take over the NW division for good now. The addition of Conroy was a smart move indeed.

 
At February 4, 2007 at 4:57 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

As much as I hate to agree with you, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to. We'll be chasing calgary for the rest of the season - unfortunately.

but hey, miracles happen right? :D
GO Canucks GO :D

 
At February 4, 2007 at 5:08 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Miracles...like a season-ending injury to Kiprusoff!

 
At February 5, 2007 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Jenny said...

that almost makes me feel bad wishing that - but yeah :D haha

 
At February 5, 2007 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous Matt said...

You two are not nice!

Go Flames!!!

 
At February 5, 2007 at 1:38 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ah matt! There you are! How do you like the Conroy signing?

 

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