Monday, January 14, 2008

Canucks nearly get a case of the Blues

The Canucks came out with a solid effort tonight in St. Louis, but it was 2 gaffs that nearly costed them the game. Consecutive long and bad line changes gave Keith Tkachuk 2 breakaway chances, the first chance he scored, making it 3-2. The second chance he was stopped by Luongo.
In the 3rd, Rick Rypien was careless with his stick and took a high sticking penalty. Brad Boyes scored on the ensuing powerplay to not only tie it up, but also to end a 2-for-43 drought on the powerplay for the Blues.
But it was "Automatic" Alex Edler who scored the shootout-winning goal to squash the Blues' comeback in front of their fans. Nice to see Luongod stop all 3 shots he faced in the shootout, preserving the win.
A tight game for the most part. Both teams battled hard. Are those Blues turning into a good team or WHAT?
We needed that win, as the Wild and Avalanche won as well tonight, making the Northwest Division that much more tight. Nice to see the Flames lose to the Oilers.
The Canucks still remain flawless when leading after 2 periods. I also liked our chances when the Sedins combined for 5 points. Apparently the Canucks have not won a single game this year when the Twins were held off the scoresheet completely.
So there you go, opponents. Be like San Jose and Phoenix , who gave the Sedins a rough ride and won their games against us.
Speaking of the Twins...was that a pretty 3-way play on Naslund's goal or what? Holy crap. I could watch that goal 1000 times and never get sick of it.

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