Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Canucks 6 Blackhawks 2

The Vancouver Canucks extended their win streak to 3 games with a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Morrison, Naslund and Bertuzzi combined for seven points, and Dan Cloutier stopped 24 of 26 Chicago shots. The game recap is here; the score sheet and stat sheet are here and here.

My notes from the game:
  • How's this for balanced scoring - the Canucks had five different goal scorers for the third game in a row. Daniel Sedin, Sami Salo, Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund (2 goals) and Brendan Morrison all scored for the 'Nucks. Morrison's goal was his first of the season.
  • After a somewhat sluggish start to the season, the Westcoast Express seem to be finally rolling. Tonight, they combined for seven points; Morrison (1-2) and Bertuzzi (0-3) had 3 points each and Naslund scored his 6th goal of the season.
  • Cloutier was a lot better tonight than his last two starts. He made the saves when he needed to make them, and never allowed the Blackhawks to get back into the game.
  • On the other end, Khabibulin didn't look good at all. Maybe it's playing behind a much less experienced defense than the he one he played behind in Tampa? Or maybe the $6.75 million in his back pocket is weighing him down.
  • How did the ref miss Barnaby's high-stick on Jovanovski? It happened right in front of him.
  • Maybe it's because he was playing against the team that gave up on him, but Steve McCarthy had a solid game. He skated well, moved the puck well and even threw some hits. He logged a season-high 16:04 minutes of ice-time and finished with 4 hits, 3 blocked shots and a +2 rating.
  • Anyone else think the Canucks have the best fourth line in hockey right now? Not only are Goren, Ruutu and Linden shutting down the opposition, they are creating their own offensive chances. They also have roles on the special teams - Linden and Ruutu take regular shifts on the penalty-kill; Goren plays on the powerplay.
Next up: Phoenix on Thursday.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:47 AM


At October 19, 2005 8:11 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Love these game recaps and comments!

At October 19, 2005 4:50 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Thank you very much. :)

At October 19, 2005 10:25 PM, Blogger Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

I think the Canucks would have a better 4th line if they put Jarko Ruutu in the press box and dressed a pylon in a Canucks sweater or Wade Brookbank...but that's just me ;)

PS: Was this game on PPV? I swear it wasn't on regular TV.

At October 19, 2005 11:09 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Yeah, it was on PPV.

Ruutu hasn't been too, too bad this season. I actually remember thinking at one point last night that he's toned down his antics a bit. My girlfriend says he reminds her of Stiffler from American Pie. I think it's that arrogant grin of his.

I'm thinking we'll see Brookbank on Saturday. :p


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