24 April 2010
Vancouver took control of this game from the drop of the puck. They were able to kill penalties, not all, but most of them and more importantly did not take that many penalties. They looked like they relaxed in the third for a few minutes, but came back with goals and some fights from O'Brien and Rypien.
Steve Bernier starts of the scoring for the Canucks midway throught first period with a quick wrist shot that gets past Quick
The Kings answer back with, you guess it, a powerplay goal from Michal Handzus!
Great work from Hansen along the boards, to Kesler who protected the puck and then passed it to Edler who rifled it past Quick. Alex Edler gets the Canucks up to 2-1 at 17:32 of the 1st period
The second period is when the Canucks really just kept pushing. They look good and dominated control over the puck. Goals from Daniel and Samuelsson have the Canucks up 4-1 by the end of the second
The Canucks kept pushing in the 3rd. This is where it started to get embarrassing for the Kings.
Quick gets the yank, and Doughty give him a pat to say it's ok
Erik Ersberg was brought in on a goalie change to relieve Quick....
Pavol Demitra, who was my PHT Source of Frustration candidate for the Canucks, somehow came alive last game and scored another goal tonight. He came down slowly over the blue line, gets a pass from Bieksa, then fires a slap shot past Ersberg. 5-1 Canucks
Of course, 24 seconds later Fredrik Modin scored an ugly goal by stuffing the puck past Luongo while there was mayhem at the net to try attempt at a comeback.
But the Canucks weren't done yet, on the PP, Samuelsson wrists a perfect shot past Ersberg that got the backup goalie pulled.
This is him watching Samuelsson's laser of a shot go past him. Not a good look for a goalie.
Neither is letting in 2 goals on 4 shots
There was another goalie change, and Quick was back on the ice but that didn't stop the Canucks from coming
Bernier caps off the night with a wrist shot from Andrew Alberts of all people. This is Bernier's 2nd of the night and 3rd of the playoffs, to put that into perspective, he has only 11 goals all season in his 59 games played
The shots on goal between the two teams were pretty equal with the Canucks edging the Kings 30 to 26, but what the night came down to is that Luongo was better than whoever was down at the other end of the rink. Now Luongo, Quick and Ersberg have all been pulled in a game. Luongo made some big saves tonight and looked as solid in net as he has looked all series.
Other things that were better? The Canucks' PK was better, Bieksa was better, Alberts was better, and both Demitra and Bernier were better. The third line of Demitra, Bernier and Wellwood looked really good tonight and deserves a ton of credit of their performance. Burrows looked good on the PK and even without a stick was able to clear the zone, so even though he still doesn't have any goals in the post season, he defintely looked better tonight.
Shane O'Brien decided to take a fight with Wayne Simmonds, which really was a stupid move considering this could have given the Kings some sort of spark or at least emotion to draw their energy from in the next game. Never the less it was fun to watch, non? The little wave to the crowd was a bit much though, is he trying to be a Max Talbot or something?
Kings coach Terry Murray called O'Brien 'a clown'. Vigneault responds in his presser saying "I don't care"
Clune is a joke. He tries to be the Burrows, or Downie or Ott of the NHL and he's not
He tried to fight Rick Rypien tonight and it looks like he should have studied some videos from hockeyfights.com or something. Didn't see those left coming did he? Both Rypien and Clune get 5 minute majors for fighting. Clune limped off to the dressing room looking like his shoulder was hurt but no official word if that happened or not.
So game six is in Los Angeles on Sunday at 6pm. Can't wait. Interesting question for the Kings heading into the game, now down 3-2 in the series: Do you call up Jonathan Bernier to be your backup? Is there even a point to? This isn't the time to fool around with starting goalies, Quick needs to be their starter and needs to be good next game, but still interesting thought to consider.
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