So when I was talking about one of those games that is a "should win game", tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues is one of those nights. The Blues are having trouble scoring and have just lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yes they really did lose to the Bolts. So tonight should be one of those games where Vancouver should be able to handle the Blues easily.
Before heading into tonight's game, the Blues, whose record is 14-14-5 are sitting at the bottom of the Western conference.With a win tonight (and a loss of Detroit to Chicago) the Canucks 20-15-0 could jump into 8th spot in the West. So will the Canucks be able to get the win tonight? Or will the Canucks be their own worst enemies?
- Tonight is fan appreciation night at GM Place, also known as Jerseys Off Our Backs night
- Michael Grabner has been assigned to the Moose yesterday. He'll need a little time for conditioning to get himself back in to game shape before returning to the NHL
- Demitra has returned home to Slovakia to meet with a specialist that he has used previously. The Canucks claim this does not mean there was a setback in his recovery
- The Canucks have announced that two formers Canucks have been added to the Hockey Operations staff. Dave Babych as Player Developement Consultant and Glen Hanlon as Goaltending Scout
After Friday nights 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, I have a few thoughts:
- Why is it we can win big games against the best teams in the East, like the Capitals or the Devils, but lose to the worst team in same conference like the Carolina Hurricanes? Or lose to the worst team in the West, the Anaheim Ducks? (twice alredy to the Ducks)
- Along the same lines, we can win against the best in the East, but when it comes to the best in West, the Canucks can't rise up to muster a win over the Sharks? Or the Wings?
- Teams that the Canucks play that should be 'easy wins' are never that. The Canucks will always find a way to lose them
Thoughts from the game:
- Ovechkin playing live is all that it's cracked up to be. To the Canucks' credit, they kept him restricted to only 3 shots on goal and he ended up being a -1 on the night, but man does Ovie ever have a ton of energy. He was a threat and Friday night clearly wasn't even his best game, compared to other games I've watched he was quiet that night. Neverless, every time he had the puck, I was scared.
- Great defensive shutdown by Salo and Mitchell on Ovechkin and Backstrom
- Semin was everywhere on the ice. He had 1 goal, 7 shots, a great shorthanded chance and a penalty shot.
- Luongo got caught watching Tanner Glass put Brooks Laich into the Canuck bench and ended up giving up a goal
- The first 3 goals of the night were all scored by Capitals, but the score was 2-1 Caps
- Who is Chris Clark? Why is he their captain? And why would a captain only skate for 8:31 during the night? Kyle Wellwood was on the ice for longer than the Washington captain
- The first two periods were quiet and filled with tight checking by the Canucks, but the excitement of the 3rd period was well worth the ticket of admission
- Mason Raymond's 1st goal showed such patience and skill
- Raymon has 14 goals so far this season, last year he only had 11 goals all season
- Raymond is on pace for 32.8 goals this season
- Shane O'Brien may have played his best game of the year. Even though he ended up -1 on the night, he had 18:29 on the night and played a good game.
- O'Brien has gone 9 games without a minor penalty
"He arrived at GM Place wearing a Cookie Monster T-shirt"
Photo from The Globe and Mail
Check out Matt Sekeres' article that appeared today in The Globe and Mail about Ovechkin's appearence at The Bay yesterday. He went to sign autographs to help promote the Olympics at The Bay downtown for 2 hours.
You get a recap! I don't always recap games, so please do enjoy them when they appear on this blog.
The Canucks came out to this game looking terrible.
Bobby Ryan's goal comes from a bad turnover made by Shane O'Brien. There was no shots on goal until they went on the powerplay 13 minutes into the first, which was Getzlaf's 1st tripping penalty of the night (he got more later). Luongo bailed them out multiple times during this game on shots from Perry and Bobby Ryan.
The Henrik scores on their 1st even strength shot at 17: 07, which was their second shot of the night.
The Canucks then go back to the 2nd period sucking. Getzlaf scores to make it 2-1 midway through the period. Bullsh-t chant errupts from GM Place.
Shane O'Brien decides to take matters in his own hands, literally. Fight! The helmet comes off, the girls in Vancouver swoon, it energizes the crowd and the team so it's all around pretty effective. Darcy Hordichuk attempts to fight Parros later in the period, but ultimately fails at fightning. Hordichuck proves he's useless. Would you like a ticket to the press box?
2 minutes in to the 3rd period Bernier wrists a goal in on Hiller. TSN announces that the goal is Bernier's 9th of the year. I ask myself: 9th? Seriously? Must have gotten most of them at the beginning of the year because those hands of stone haven't scored recently. The crowd is "Woo!"-ing. I don't think the fans at GM Place realize that the Woo is a Hurricane thing (Ric Flair). Then became a Penguin thing from The Pensblog. I don't mind we if adopt the Woo, but you have to give credit where credit is due.
The Canucks play the 3rd period with jump. Finally there is exciting hockey, can we sustain the 2-2 tie to go to overtime? My flatmate K sits besides me and says it's too bad that we don't have Wellwood for the shootout, then Bieksa picks a terrible time to take a penalty with 5 minutes left in the game.
A quick pass from Calder to Koivu and the Ducks are up 3-2. The Canucks try to tie it up but Hiller makes some ridiculous saves.
The Canucks have now just lost to the worst teams in both the East and the West. Next up is the Caps, who according to TSN are in Vancouver and had their rookie dinner tonight, should be an exciting one.
The Province reported today that Wellwood would be back to a healthy scratch again tomorrow night against the Ducks. An exerpt: "At this rate, Wellwood will be joining ex-Canuck Byron Ritchie in Switzerland faster than you'd think." Apparently they can get away this type of journalism if they post it under their White Towel section. After coming back from being a healthy scratch, Wellwood did not inspire last night against the Kings.
Instead Hordichuck will draw in for Wellwood, which is a better move as the Ducks are a more physical team than the Kings are. Though when has Hordichuck really been physical?no comments