Sunday, January 29, 2006

Canucks 4 Avs 3 (SO)

The Vancouver Canucks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche. The win pushed the Canucks into a first-place tie with the Calgary Flames in the Northwest Division and a fifth-place tie with the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference. Calgary has one game in hand on the Canucks; the Canucks have two games in hand on the Kings.
Game Recaps: canucks.com . ESPN
Statistics: Score Sheet . Stat Sheet
My notes from the game:

  • The Denver Post didn't think well enough of Alex Auld to be one of the stars of the game, but he was one the biggest reason the Canucks won. Not only did he stop 40 of 43 shots in regulation and overtime, he also stopped all three Colorado shooters in the shootout. This doesn't happen in many Canucks games but I actually felt that a puck was not going to beat Auld. The two late goals that did were from in front of the net and resulted from a combination of Colorado's hard work and Vancouver's blown defensive coverages.
  • Auld's win was his 21st of the season (tied for seventh in the NHL). He also moved into 6th place in the NHL in total minutes played for the season.
  • The Canucks played with more heart and more grit than most of their recent games. They battled with the Avs all night and were even willing to scrap it out (Allen, Bieksa and Kesler all dropped the gloves). The Vancouver Province has more.
  • I thought Brendan Morrison and Jarkko Ruutu stepped up quite nicely in Naslund's absence. Morrison logged 21:02 minutes of ice-time and was solid on both ends of the ice; he finished with one assist, two shots and a +2 rating. Ruutu, of course, was very prominent in his season-high 19:31 minutes of ice-time. Taking Naslund's spot on the big line, he scored two goals - including the game-winner in the shootout - and recorded two shots and two hits.
  • Speaking of Ruutu, anyone else thought his shootout goal was eerily similar to Sidney Crosby's against Montreal?
  • This is getting to be a common note in this blog: Ryan Kesler played a very good game. Even through the team's losing streak, Kesler had been one of the hardest-working Canucks and last night, the stats backed it up. In 16:50 minutes of ice-time, he recorded one goal, three shots, one hit, three blocked shots and a 60% faceoff win percentage. He was also game in a second period fight against Ian Lapperiere.
  • Kevin Bieksa's poor defensive positioning cost him last night - he was on the ice for all three Colorado goals. I've mentioned this before and it's something he very much needs to work on.
  • On the other hand, Mattias Ohlund had a great game. He recorded one goal (short-handed), four shots and six blocked shots in 28:21 minutes of ice-time.
  • Steve McCarthy has also played better of late. He seems to be learning when to make the safe play, when to move the puck and when to pinch into the play. Good news for the Canucks defense if he can chip in similar 15 minute efforts the rest of the season.
  • Thanks to the Colorado fans who proved that there are idiot fans everywhere. I won't blame them for booing Todd Bertuzzi, but cheering when he was slashed and injured, and throwing stuff at him on the ice is just stupid. On a minor aside, I was at GM Place during the Moore incident and I can tell you that Moore received a nice ovation when he was being wheeled out. We certainly didn't cheer the fact that he was hurt.
Next up: Phoenix on Tuesday.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 1:18 PM


At January 29, 2006 2:28 PM, Blogger Presea said...

Yes, I was quite appalled by the Denver fans booing Bertuzzi when he was injured. Tasteless. (And I'm an Avs fan!)

At January 29, 2006 4:46 PM, Blogger Terry said...

The State of Colorado vs. Bertuzzi, T

JJ I posted it this way:

> Classless Colorado Fans Part I – Hey Colorado get over it! Again the Pepsi Center patrons were relentless in their jeering of Todd Bertuzzi. Fair enough if they want to boo and hold up stupid signs professing some knowledge of Bert’s preference in underwear. But it shows a simple lack of sophistication when they cheer, as they did, for injury to a player regardless of who he is or what the history has been. Late in the second Liles lay a vicious slash on Bertuzzi right in that area between the top of your glove and bottom of the elbow pad. Bert applied ice and sat out the remaining minutes of the second period. The HNIC cameras caught a glimpse of the damage to Bert’s arm. Sure stuff like this happens in hockey every night but when the fans cheer for an injury it just shows their lack of class.

> Classless Colorado Fans Part II – Mid way through the third period another fan incident occurred. It wasn’t clear on HNIC what exactly was happening but the Refs tried to have some overweight woman in a Hinote Jersey ushered out. This morning the reports were that she had thrown a set of nesting dolls at Bertuzzi. Yes indeed, I know rinks around the league are filled with rabid fans clutching their Russian nesting dolls just hoping for the opportunity to toss them at the opposition’s perceived villain. Grow up Colorado!

Read it all at http://westvan.blogspot.com

At January 29, 2006 8:34 PM, Anonymous Alyssa said...

Hey thanks for the comment on my blog. :) Oh, I despise those classless Colorado fans! Anyways, what is wrong with the Denver Post? Auld was outstanding!


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