Monday, March 20, 2006

Canucks 3 Red Wings 7

The Vancouver Canucks lost a 7-3 decision to the Detroit Red Wings last night; the Anaheim Mighty Ducks won 4-3 over the Columbus Blue Jackets. As of this morning, the Canucks are tied with the Ducks with 78 points, but the Ducks have played three less games. The San Jose Sharks also won over the Avalanche last night and are only two points behind the Canucks, but have also played three less games.

If there's any good news after last night's game, it's that the Canucks are still only two points back of the Avs and one point back of the Edmonton Oilers. Both have a game in hand over the Canucks, but the Canucks' next three games are all against Edmonton, and two of those games are at The Garage. If the Canucks gain at least four points, their playoff picture will look a lot different.
Game Recaps: canucks.com . ESPN
Statistics: Score Sheet . Stat Sheet
My notes from the game:
  • You knew it was going to be that kind of night when: the Canucks blimp lost power during the first intermission, the score board malfunctioned in the second period, and the shot clock stopped working in the third. Even the guy they chose to shoot for prizes in the second intermission missed five shots at the open net way wide right.
  • Some fans will look at the 11-2 powerplay advantage the Red Wings enjoyed last night and immediately question the officiating. The fact is, however, the Canucks were simply that bad. Far too many times, they turned the puck over in the neutral zone then stood idly on defense before taking their many, many lazy penalties.
  • Because the Canucks spent more than the equivalent of one period on the penalty kill (21:09 minutes), Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi each logged only 13-something minutes of ice-time. Somehow, they still managed minus-4 and minus-3 ratings, respectively.
  • The Canucks' top-four defensemen all logged more than 20 minutes of ice-time and combined for a minus-9 rating. Part of the reason was their inability to get the puck out of their zone. They miss Ed Jovanovski and Sami Salo and their ability to skate the puck up the ice.
  • Nolan Baumgartner only logged 9:28 minutes of ice-time and struggled. He was one of the guys that stepped it up when Jovo first went down, but his decreased ice-time with the acquisitions of Carney and Weinrich seems to have sapped his confidence.
  • More on the game from VCOE, James Mirtle and Abel to Yzerman.
Markus Naslund after the game:
"There's no doubt about it, things are real desperate," said Canuck captain Markus Naslund, who was a minus-four on the night. "But I'm confident that we'll make it. It doesn't look like it out there now, but we will find a way to get back to the winning ways. It starts now in Edmonton. We have three huge games here that are probably going to decide the fate of our hockey club."
We hope so, Markus.

Next up: First Edmonton game on Tuesday.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 10:56 AM