Thursday, April 05, 2007

Canucks 1 Hejduk 3: (Final)

Due to the magnitude of this game in the positioning of both teams, I am going to live blog it period-to-period. Since tomorrow is a stat holiday (thank you Jesus, literally) I plan on excessively consuming Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and Coke. I may as well blog while I can remember something still! Feel free to hang out during the game if you wish.
---From the East---
6:32 PM - doesn't Montreal or Toronto want to make the playoffs? Both teams are losing in the 3rd period. Jeeziz!

7:59 PM- Milan Hejduk, the Canuck killer scored early and put fear in our minds in the first minute. Naslund had a goal disallowed because he directed the puck into the net with a kicking motion. Fair enough. Less than a minute later, Sami Salo wrists a shot to the net and Morrison deflects it in. 1-1!
The Canucks settled down quickly after the Hejduk goal and owned the play, even though they didn't generate a lot of scoring chances. I'm loving their dump-ins and forecheck tonight.

8:36- The Avalanche respond in the 2nd period, basically doing what the Canucks did to them in the 1st. A big difference is that the Nucks took 3 penalties in the the 2nd, (2 by Bieksa). Louongod was the difference in that frame, making 3 spectacular saves, especially the point-blank stop on Hejduk in close.
This is turning into a chess match. The first team to fuck up loses.
Noticeable: Naslund is playing really well tonight. He is showing hustle and grit, and is back checking really well. Yeah, Nazzy the defensive specialist!
-the same can be said about Jan Bulis. I am loving the Bulis-Burrows PK combo.
- nothing doing in the Flames-Sharks game after 1. Are you losing your minds yet, Tapeleg and B_Washington?

9:16 PM- Wow. Hejduk 3 Canucks 1. Budaj stops D Sedin on a breakaway and the tide of the game turns. Hejduk has bagged 2 in a row in the 3rd. The Canucks have no reason to even win this one, as the Avs are out-chancing them 2-1. Poor Luongod is getting no support.
Sharks 2 Flames 1. Do you think the Avs are seeing that?? Of course they are!
Fuck! Budaj stops Dank on a breakaway again!! Nuts.

End of 3rd
So there you have it. Hejduk has an amazing game with 3 goals, Paul Stastny has 3 assists, and the Avalanche win a game that they deserved to win, ruining the Canucks' Fan Appreciation Night. Most of the fans went home.
Now, will the Sharks save the Avs???

My 3 Stars:

1. Milan Hejduk. 3 goals
2. Paul Stastny. 3 assists
3. Peter Budaj. Saved the Avs' butts in the 3rd to preserve the win.

Update: The Sharks are winning 3-1 in the 3rd. Could the night go any better for the Avs??? Nope.

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At April 5, 2007 at 6:15 p.m. , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

Yeah, I'm in. I may be doing the same thing, minus the Captains but with beer and Jameson.

At April 5, 2007 at 6:19 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Oh, this is gonna get good.

At April 5, 2007 at 6:24 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Hey TL! It all comes down to this!

At April 5, 2007 at 6:33 p.m. , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

Gonna be a fun one. I even did a pregame at my blog.

At April 5, 2007 at 7:09 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

this is not a good start !!!!!

At April 5, 2007 at 7:57 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, but the Nucks came back!

At April 5, 2007 at 8:08 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

Yes they did, now lets hope they get the next few goals, and win!!! :D

At April 5, 2007 at 8:12 p.m. , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

I can't live blog this thing. I'm too wrapped up in the watching. But I'll check in a few times.

At April 5, 2007 at 8:34 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It's alright, TL. I'm the same way.

At April 5, 2007 at 8:48 p.m. , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

Not losing my mind yet. Having a great time. If the Avs are out of the playoffs tonight, I can live with that. It was a better run than most thought (except you Zan, you had them in the playoffs, didn't you)

At April 5, 2007 at 9:05 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

i confess - i think i'm losing my mind !!!!!!!

At April 5, 2007 at 9:14 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah! I said they'd make it!
Wow, this game is good!

At April 5, 2007 at 9:16 p.m. , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

OK, I may have lost my mind a little bit on that last Avs PK. Only a little. OK, a lot.

At April 5, 2007 at 9:31 p.m. , Blogger Jenny said...

yep i've officially lost my mind!!!!!!!

At April 5, 2007 at 9:45 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Wow, the Avs sure deserved that one. Tapeleg, you must be loving the Sharks/Flames score right now!!!

At April 5, 2007 at 9:50 p.m. , Anonymous Tapeleg said...

I sure am! My post game is up, but you may not like it. Peeps though.

BTW: Did you see the earlier peep post?

At April 5, 2007 at 10:26 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

Wow what a game. That game was exciting as all hell. All games should be like that.

All in all a great night for Avs fans.. the only downside is that now our playoff hopes are in the hands of the...pathetic Oilers... uggghh

At April 6, 2007 at 12:11 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, but now you have to cheer for the Oilers to beat the Flames. THAT is like asking Reagan to run for the next election.

But hey...I'll root for the Flames in that one to make it interesting.

At April 6, 2007 at 12:46 a.m. , Blogger Dear Lord Stanley said...

The Avs are still alive, I can't believe it. That just makes a loss on Saturday that much more painful.

Talk about a love/hate relationship with Colorado right now---I definitely have one going.

At April 6, 2007 at 12:10 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

Yes i was losing my mind in that game. What an incredibly fun game to watch.

At April 6, 2007 at 12:19 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Milan Hejduk had ten shots?

Good lord, that must be a typo!

At April 6, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Holy hell. He really was that good wasn't he? Some of my memory escapes me today....


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