Thursday, January 24, 2008

Canucks get much-needed 2 points

Forget how hard the Canucks made it for themselves to beat the Blues in a shootout tonight. The bottom line is that we got the 2 points before the All Star break and pulled ourselves within a point of the Northwest Division lead and 3 points up on the 9th place Predators.
It could have gone completely wrong. Luongo made me look stupid for defending him by letting in a weak DJ King goal early in the game, and looked somewhat shakey throughout the first 2 periods. But he really proved his worth in the 3rd period and especially the shootout, where he didn't allow any goals and was stellar. There you go Vigneault, Luongo made key saves at key times.

Thank you Danny Sedin for scoring a beauty shootout goal to give us the win. You can see Vigneault's smirk after Dank scored that goal (pictured). An undressing.
I had several thoughts in the shootout:
- Kesler needs to change his approach in shootouts. Same move every time: foot-kick-fake left-go right blah blah. One-trick pony. Try something else.
- no body went blocker side on Legace except Sedin, who deked him out of his jock strap. Legace is a small goalie and looks weak high blocker side.
- Luongo was supreme in the shootout. What a performance.

Jason Jaffray did the opposite of what I thought he'd do. He showed a lot of hussle, but took 2 stupid of them ending up in the Blues taking a 2-1 lead. That pretty much ended his night as he didn't see much icetime after that.

So...the record of the Canucks losing every game when trailing after 2 is over. Good.

Krajicek looks fucked. Could be a separated shoulder. Bring on Bourdon I guess.

Quite an entertaining game. I would like to give mad props (as Temujin would say) to the Sedins and Edler. Those 3 looked possessed in OT. They really wanted to win it. Edler is poised to become a steady star in the NHL. Great game by him.
Same applies to Ohlund. He pinched in at key times and was great tonight, scoring twice. It was common knowledge tonight that the Canucks needed more points from their defencemen. Ohlund delivered.

By the way..the Canucks' inability to capitalize on opportune chances remains evident. Why do Cooke and Burrows have such hands of stone??? God dammit. Our checking line shows great hussle but not enough finish.


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At January 24, 2008 at 9:50 a.m. , Anonymous Clayman said...

Man, can you say Luongo bailed the Canucks out? Plus that one quick whistle (not sure if it would have counted otherwise because of the fact there were bodies everywhere but...)

Haha. But you said it, they got the 2 points.

At January 24, 2008 at 10:14 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It looked as though Tkachuk redirected his skates in Luongo's direction as he slid into him, so I don't feel bad for the Blues on that one. Andy Murray sure was pissed!

At January 24, 2008 at 5:53 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Mad props to Edler, indeed. I still laugh about the overtime... apparently he played 2:50 of the overtime, but I don't ever remember him going off the ice, LOL!

But I don't think he should be in the shootout anymore.

At January 24, 2008 at 6:28 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

As long as he actually hits the net with his shot I won't mind.
I just don't get why Naslund or Raymond didn't get a stab at it.


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