Saturday, November 05, 2005

Canucks 5 Blue Jackets 3

The Vancouver Canucks won their seventh straight game at GM Place, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 5-3. The Blue Jackets, playing without their superstar Rick Nash, kept the score close before Markus Naslund's empty-netter with 9.7 seconds left iced the win. The game recap is here; the score sheet and stat sheet are here and here.

My notes from the game:
  • Truth be told, I was expecting the game to be a blowout for the 'Nucks. Not only are the 'Nucks unbeaten at home, Columbus has only one road win this season. Columbus also played in Calgary the night before and lost Rick Nash to a knee injury. However, led by Nikolai Zherdev and David Vyborny who scored all three Jackets goals, Columbus played a scrappy game all night and kept the game close.
  • The Sedin line had another very good night. They combined for 2 goals and 4 assists, and controlled the play when they were on the ice. IMHO, this forward line has been the Canucks' most consistent through the first month of the season.
  • I know I've said this a few times before, but the Naslund-Morrison-Bertuzzi line play way toooooo fancy when they're together.
  • I'd hate to see what the Canucks "d" would have looked like if Sami Salo hadn't been having a breakthrough start to the season. Salo had another good night offensively - he had a goal and an assist - and is now tied with Henrik Sedin for second in team scoring.
  • Talking about team scoring, Bertuzzi and Morrison currently sit at fifth and seventh respectively. Markus Naslund, of course, leads the team; Salo, Henrik and Ed Jovanovski are right behind him. Should we call this balanced scoring, team depth or a slow start for the WCE?
Next up: Calgary tonight.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 8:51 AM


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