Thursday, November 17, 2005

Canucks 3 Sharks 1

The Vancouver Canucks started their three-game tour of California with a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks last night. Richard Park, Ed Jovanovski and Anson Carter scored their fifth goals of the season. Park's goal opened the scoring and was the team's first shorthanded goal of the season. The game recap is here; the score sheet and stat sheet are here and here.

My notes from the game:

  • For the second straight game since coming back from injury, Dan Cloutier was solid once again. He finished with 25 saves, 12 of them in the third period, including a couple of big ones on Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo late in the game.
  • I expected the Sharks to come out strong and aggresive. Instead, they kinda looked like a light version of the 2004 Minnesota Wild. Surprising as I expected the Sharks to be one of the top teams in the West this year; after last night's game, they sit at fourth in their division behind the Kings, Stars and Coyotes.
  • Credit the Canucks for winning a game like last night's when there wasn't a lot of open ice. These games usually pose problems for them.
  • The big four on defense had another monster game. Mattias Ohlund, Ed Jovanovski, Sami and Salo and Bryan Allen all played 23-plus minutes and contributed a goal (Jovo's), 2 assists, 6 shots, 9 hits and 9 blocked shots.
  • Great game aside, I hope Crawford doesn't plan on playing the big four 23-plus minutes every game.
Next up: Kings tonight.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:27 AM


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