Monday, November 14, 2005

Canucks 4 Red Wings 1

The Vancouver Canucks snapped their three-game losing streak by beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 last night. Todd Bertuzzi had a hat-trick and Dan Cloutier was solid in his first game after suffering a concussion. The game recap is here; the score sheet and stat sheet are here and here.

My notes from the game:

  • Todd Bertuzzi finally had his breakout game. You can tell he was beginning to regain his confidence by the way he played against Calgary a couple of games ago, and last night, he was finally rewarded. Hopefully his efforts like this become more of the norm than the exception.
  • Something about the Baumgartner-to-Bertuzzi pass on Todd's second goal reminded me of Brown-to-Bure in '94.
  • Dan Cloutier was very good in his first game back. Even when the Wings pressed, he made the key saves. He finished with 34 saves on 35 Red Wings shots.
  • I was a little surprised that the Canucks called up forward Josh Green from Manitoba, but he filled in admirably for the injured Matt Cooke. He added a veteran presence on the forward lines and played a regular shift. He finished with an even-rating in 8:23 minutes of ice-time.
  • Overshadowed by Bertuzzi's hat-trick performance was another strong showing from the Sedins. Anyone notice Daniel's move to get past 3 Red Wings defenders to move in one-on-one against Legace? It's amazing how hard it is now to knock these guys off the puck.
  • With Wade Brookbank seeing very limited ice-time, the Canucks' big four all logged over 20 minutes of ice-time. Brookbank's ice-time isn't much of a surprise given that fighting is down in the league and Brookbank himself has only two fights in nine games played. Depending on his contract situation, I actually wonder if the Canucks would consider sending him to Manitoba and giving players like Green, Butenschon and others more opportunities at the NHL level.

Next up: San Jose on Wednesday.

posted by J.J. Guerrero, 3:54 PM


At November 15, 2005 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hosting the Carnival of the NHL #13 this Sunday (20th) on Behind the Jersey (http://behindthejersey.blogspot.com) and I was wondering if there was a certain post you'd like me to highlight. If so, could you just drop me an email (cjhammon@umich.edu). Thanks!


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