Saturday, April 07, 2007

Canucks 4 Sharks 3: (Final OT)

May as well semi-live blog this, as I won't have time (or the wits) to do it later.

After 1
The Canucks weathered a brief Shark attack at the beginning of the 1st and then completely took over, getting goals from Matt Cooke and Taylor Pyatt. Wow. They are moving the puck around fast tonight. The Sharks are trying to muscle the Nucks around, but it's not working.
Cooke looks terrific tonight.
Was that Santala beating up on Thornton during that scrum? The Sharks seemed to wake up after that.

After 2
Yeah, the Sharks are alive, and the Canucks are taking too many damned penalties! They took 4 penalties to San Jose's 1. Michalek and Thornton made them pay. I'm not going to sit here and bash every call made against them, because Vancouver has to stop putting their stick on the players like that. But Luongo's delay of game call was utter bullshit! What the fuck else was he supposed to do there? Play the puck? Where to? He was way out of his net.
Cooke calls the Luongo call stupid in the 2nd intermission because a Shark player was right there. EXACTLY!
2-2. A wild 3rd period coming up! If the Nucks stay out of the box, I think they might win this one!
Shots on goal so far: Sharks 23 Canucks 22.
Matt Cooke is a damned force out there.
The Canucks are getting beat up physically, as the Sharks hit them every chance they get.

The Canucks have done it! Mattias Ohlund shot the puck from the point in OT on the powerplay, and the puck went off a Shark defendors's stick and fluttered into the net
What a crazy finish to a crazy game.
In the 3rd, Kevin Bieksa, the true Shark killer blew a shot past Nabokov on the powerplay to make it 3-2. The Canucks went into their defensive mode. Luongod made a miraculous save in the last 10 minutes that will be shown on highlight reels everywhere for a long time.
What a physical game! The ultimate physicality came from Joe Thornton, who completely annihilated Matt Cooke into the boards, taking a boarding penalty. It looked like Joe caught the edge of the boards with his snout, as he bled profusely. Couldn't have happened to a bigger piece a crap! Joe was a man possessed all night. He looked cranky as hell!
But an unfortunate bounce in front of the net during a frantic Shark scramble gave Cheechoo the chance to tie the game with only 30 seconds left. Yes, Thornton returned to the ice after getting his schnoz looked at and put the puck in front of the net to start the play.
The Canucks were not to be denied tonight. And ironically, it was Joe Thornton who took the penalty on Sedin in OT that gave the Canucks the man advantage they needed to finish off San Jose and ruin their Pacific Division-winning hopes. Haha. Sweet revenge for San Jose eliminating the Canucks from a playoff seed last year.
Shots on goal: 30-30

My 3 Stars:
1. Kevin Bieksa. 1 goal 1 assist
2. Joe Thornton. A beast. 1 goal and 2 assists. F**k I hate him.
3. Matt Cooke. 1 goal, and an inspirational force out there. He got under Thornton's skin abviously!

Loving it Earl?
The Northwest Division is ours! The Canucks play Dallas in the first round. I don't mind that. I hear Lindros is returning....

*****WHOA! Mike from the Yankee Canuck called the correct score, including the OT! Nice work!! And sorry for the delayed response!*****

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At April 7, 2007 at 12:44 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Any sort of Canucks victory would give the Pacific title to the Ducks (and would guarantee an ANA-MIN first round match-up), so I will tentatively say go Nucks.

(though certainly the Wild aren't any pushover; I may regret this position later.)

At April 7, 2007 at 1:14 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Yee-haw Bieksa.

Let's go clock! Let's go clock!

At April 7, 2007 at 1:20 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I meant Cooke, I guess. It's now 2-0.

A little more food for thought: Considering how bad Chicago was today, a regulation win against SJS might mean that this game will be a round 1 match-up.

Assuming, of course, that Dallas can paste the Hawks tomorrow.

At April 7, 2007 at 2:11 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Shit! The Sharks finally click on the PP against the Nucks. 2-1.

At April 7, 2007 at 2:12 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Sleek, I think I saw you on TV during the Ducks/Sharks game. Disappointing ending to that one.

At April 7, 2007 at 2:17 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Aw, I don't get disappointed with shootout losses any more. Since the lockout, the Ducks are tied with the Capitals for the most shootout losses in the league (17).

Pretty much I go into every shootout expecting to lose, so it's tough to call it "disappointing".

At April 7, 2007 at 2:43 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah, but the way Selanne and McDonald flubbed their chances...crazy

Damned powerplays!! The Sharks have seized the momentum b/c the Canucks take too many damned penalties!

At April 7, 2007 at 2:45 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I thought the Luongo penalty was terrible; I don't think that gets called in a tied game.

Score: Canucks 2, Sharks 1, Kerry Fraser 1

At April 7, 2007 at 3:18 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Good work, PP. I was going to say just before that, "How do the Sharks get away with having all four PKers at or below the goal line?"

Answer: "They don't."

At April 7, 2007 at 3:44 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

OT PP: If the Canucks score here (or otherwise win in OT/SO), then spots 1-7 in the west would be locked up.

At April 7, 2007 at 3:45 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...


At April 7, 2007 at 4:07 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...


And Joe is the scapegoat! I love it!

Gad, I am starting to fucking hate Thornton!

At April 7, 2007 at 4:28 p.m. , Blogger Beaner said...

Now the question is does Luongo play tomorrow? I think they have to put him in. It is the Coyotes after all.

At April 7, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Good call on last year man!

Bring on wonky Lindros and vexxed Turco. Let's get this party started.

At April 7, 2007 at 4:41 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Kevin Bieksa, the true Shark killer...

I've never heard those words spoken in the same sentence like that. And I kind of like it!

At April 7, 2007 at 5:06 p.m. , Blogger Beaner said...

Jin, are you coming over?

At April 7, 2007 at 6:25 p.m. , Anonymous barstew said...

That was one vicious hit by Thornton on Cooke. I hope Cookie is okay... he put on a brave face. "Glad Thornton damaged himself too!
Radio guys say it wasn't intent to injure. If not, it was at least extremely reckless. Imagine if Cooke sees it coming and does a Jan Bulis hip check! Thornton would be in a wheelchair.

At April 7, 2007 at 7:06 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I'm kind of torn on the Thornton hit until I see it again. It was brutal no doubt. But Cooke's back wasn't turned. It's just a big guy obliterating a small guy!

At April 7, 2007 at 9:30 p.m. , Blogger Rogene said...

Heh, missed the game, but finally saw the highlights package on Something funny about hearing Shorthouse and Larschied dubbed over a CBC feed.

It actually is too bad Canucks and Sharks won't meet 1st round, because the games are so incredibly entertaining. I was only able to go to ONE Canucks game all season, and it was the 3-1 win over the Sharks back in January. It was one of those edge-of-your-seat games the ENTIRE game. Maybe they'll meet in round 2.

At April 7, 2007 at 11:45 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I feel confident about the Canucks' chances against the Sharks now, if it happens.

At April 7, 2007 at 11:54 p.m. , Anonymous Jorge said...

"Good Morning" from Germany
4:3!!! So sweet.

Bring Dallas on the road to the Stanley Cup.

Cheers, Joerg

At April 7, 2007 at 11:58 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Jorge! Welcome! A Canucks fan in Germany, good man.

At April 8, 2007 at 12:09 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...



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