Thursday, April 12, 2007

Canucks 5 Stars 4 (4 OT)

Wait a minute, I thought all of the games in this series were supposed to be 2-1!
Instead, the 2 teams played a more wide open style throught the first 3 periods, the Canucks blew a 4-2 lead in the 3rd, and we had to endure over 3 periods of overtime before Henrik Sedin scored on Turco after a pass in front of the net from his brother Daniel.
This game went so long that I couldn't even drink any more because I didn't want to miss the winner.
Even though the Canucks snuck out a win, they were outshot 76-56. They were being outshot at a 2-1 ratio more than once in this game, but they out-waited Dallas and outshot them 24-18 in the last (almost) 2 periods.
Luongo wasn't great until the overtime periods started.
The Canucks even had to kill off a 2-man disadvantage in the 2nd OT.
This was the 6th longest game in NHL history. I thought it was going to break the record.
The Stars' 76 shots breaks a modern-day record.

My 3 stars:

1. Roberto Luongo. Preserved the win. Stellar in the OT's.
2. Hank Sedin. Ends this one in the 4th overtime.
3. Sergei Zubov. Holy many minutes did he play tonight? 48:43, with 1 assist. Only Bieksa (who had better stop being stupid) played more.

It's too bad that this game went so long. This series is going to take it's toll on both teams at this rate. It seems that every game in this series could go into overtime.
The Canucks won a serious mental victory tonight, being outshot like that and still winning. I love it!!
It appears that Vancouver is going to play Vigneault's system all the way through this post season, and that is a good thing.

For the record...Jan Bulis played spectacular. He could have been the best Canuck that didn't score.

And yeah, I'll take Kesler over Santala any day.

I wonder what the status of Cooke and Burrows is?

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At April 12, 2007 at 3:24 a.m. , Blogger Dear Lord Stanley said...

Congrats to the 'Nucks on the win. What a game!

As for Burrows and Cooke, all I've read is that the former was "wobbly" after the hit and the latter has a groin strain.

"Wobbly" usually means concussion, but it might not be that bad. Groin strain means out for at least a game or two, usually.

At April 12, 2007 at 5:08 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Sweet merciful christ i'm tired...

At April 12, 2007 at 8:08 a.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Imagine if Bieksa hadn't spent eight minutes in the box. He would have been up over 50:00 minutes of icetime for sure.

Vignault said in the press conference that the guys "messed up his practice schedule... I had a great practice lined up for Thursday..."

I'm assuming the guys are getting the day off today!

At April 12, 2007 at 9:01 a.m. , Blogger Rogene said...

Wow, GM place was rockin, and it was simply GORGEOUS in hi-def.

I replayed the goal like 8 times until my wife got sick of it.

Little worried about the injuries. Missed the Cooke injury, and Burrows really ate the glass. The view of the Canucks bench on the winner, you could see Kesler heading down the tunnel with this extreme look of pain on his face. Only turned to a slight smile when they won. Was good to have him back, had a strong game, but is this all we get him for??

Maybe Cowon will continue get more ice time. He was an animal in OT.

At April 12, 2007 at 12:35 p.m. , Blogger B_Washington said...

I didn't last after the second OT... but what I saw was a great game.

At April 12, 2007 at 2:54 p.m. , Blogger HugoNav said...

Congrats on the W. My Preds weren´t so lucky. If Luongo keeps this up.......

At April 12, 2007 at 3:02 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I am picking, and hoping the Sharks beat the Preds only b/c of my hockey pool teams. Sorry Hugo....


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