Saturday, February 04, 2006

Canucks 3 Flames 1

After losing the first three games of their seven-game road trip, the Vancouver Canucks have now won the last three. Last night, they beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 and have reclaimed first place in the Northwest Division.

Here are some quick notes from the game:
  • The Canucks came out with some good emotion in this game and didn't shy away from the Flames' physical play. Just six minutes in, Ryan Kesler dropped the gloves against Jarome Iginla. A few minutes later, Tyler Bouck did the same against Shean Donovan. Bryan Allen, Mattias Ohlund and Alexandre Burrows all played a good physical game as well.
  • Ryan Kesler played a lot of shifts with Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi and didn't look out of place. He played another monster game, recording one goal (the game-winner), three shots, two hits, two blocked shots and of course the fight against Iggy. He was mentioned in trade rumors this week, and the way he is playing right now, I'd be upset if he left.
  • Kesler's goal actually deflated the crowd at the Saddledome quite noticeably. He scored late in the second period and somewhat against the run of the play. The Canucks were also on a line change. It was amazing how quiet the crowd was after that. Well, our group wasn't and the seemingly thousands of other Canucks fans in the arena, but the Calgary fans really were.
  • How much more can I say about the Sedins? They were again the Canucks' most dominant line and were consistently a threat offensively. On a night where the team only managed to put 22 shots on Kiprusoff, Sedin, Sedin and Carter combined for seven of them. They also combined for seven points (2G-5A).
  • Kiprusoff may be the best goalie in the world, but I thought Auld outduelled him last night. The Kipper actually looked shaky for the first bit of the game and gave up some big rebounds - not very Mikka-like.
  • On the other hand, Auld was solid in goal for the Canucks and stopped 28 of 29 Calgary shots - the only goal that went by him was on a 5-on-3 powerplay. The win was his 23rd of the season.
  • My "Bert + Iggy = Gold" poster and my friend's "1989: Otto Kicked It In" posted got on the jumbotron late in the game. That was cool.
Next up: Tonight in Edmonton.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:49 AM


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