Thursday, March 30, 2006

Canucks 2 Wild 1

The game was a bit boring, but the ending sure made up for it. Anson Carter scored the game-winning goal with only 6.1 seconds left to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The win moved the Canucks four points clear of the playoff cut-off line and only two points behind the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche for the Northwest Division lead.

Game Recaps: canucks.com . ESPN
Statistics: Score Sheet . Stat Sheet
My notes from the game:

  • Anson Carter's goal was his 30th goal of the season and the first time in his career he reached that mark. The game-winner - his 7th of the season - is also a career-high.
  • Daniel Sedin also set a career-high with his 21st goal of the season.
  • Brendan Morrison, Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi didn't figure in the scoring, but it wasn't for a lack of chances. Todd and Markus, especially, buzzed around the Minnesota net frequently, and all three combined for 13 of the Canucks' 31 shots on goal. Todd was running over guys all over the ice as well. Welcome back, Todd version 2002.
  • Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows continued their energetic play and created their own share of scoring chances. Both spent a good part of the game with Bertuzzi on their wing.
  • I liked how the Canucks rolled their defense. Keith Carney again led the back end with 25:04 minutes of ice-time; Mattias Ohlund logged 23:56 minutes; the rest of the group logged between 16 and 19 minutes.
  • Except for giving up the lone Minnesota goal, I thought Alex Auld played a solid game. He allowed one less goal than Fernandez, which I suppose is really all that matters - but I was still surprised that he was named one of the three stars. He really needs to stop giving up the odd garbage goal.
  • I thought Keith Carney was well-deserving of a star last night. He was good defensively and was efficient in moving the puck up the ice. He also looked to be communicating with his defensive partners a lot - I like how he has added that to the defense.
  • Coincidentally, the Canucks only gave up a couple of powerplay opportunities last night and didn't allow the Wild to score on either one. Since adding Carney and Weinrich to the penalty-killing units, the Canucks have only allowed eight powerplay goals in 53 chances (85% PK rate). Prior to that, the Canucks were only killing penalties at an 82% clip.
Next up: Minnesota (last time this season) on Friday.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:39 AM


At March 30, 2006 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

love your blog.
i agree with you that carney was deserving of a star last night
and i'm not sure how minnesota manages to sell out their home games...but looking at wild.com, they seem to think last night was exciting hockey
and i'm loving this bbk line, hopefully they keep bert there!


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