03 April 2010
Heyyyy! We clinched a spot in the playoffs! But last night, really was the Michael Grabner show.
The boxscore says that he only played 13:37 last night, but he looked like he had his coming out night last night with his first career hat trick.
Since he was called up from the Moose, Grabner has had plenty of chances to get a goal but he just hasn't been able to bury them. With the return of Bernier and Samuelsson on the horizon, I was fearful of Grabner being squeezed out of the line up for his lack of production. Don't get me wrong, he still very may be scratched in favour of other players in the playoffs, but with last nights 3 goals he makes the decision a little more interesting.
Recap and videos after the jump
So let's recount the goals:
And number 3. Woo!
The Canucks only needed 1 point last night to clinch a playoff spot, so once the game headed to overtime the Canucks did just that. Although there was lots of positives that happened in tonight game, the Canucks took far too many penalties. That's in addition to the random calls of the penalties by the refs, completely ignoring some penalties that should have been called. The first penalty taken was by Alberts who if he had just put the puck in behind the net instead of taking the shot that hit an Anaheim player, he would not have had to take the hooking call. Even though Alberts had me wishing we had Shane O'Brien, he somehow came out with a plus 2. To check out the opposition's recap of the game check out On the Duck Pond
Other stuff that happened:
Mason Raymond was stopped by McElhinney.
Kesler had a ridiculous chance, but couldn't bury it. He looked Kesler-smashes-hockey-sticks mad after it
And big props to Burrows for playing after taking a puck to the face last game and to Raycroft for being solid in net.
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