Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Canucks 7 Kings 4

Thanks in part to Alexandre Burrows' hat-trick - well, his two goals plus a fluky bounce credited to him - the Vancouver Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-4 last night and moved back to eighth place in the Western Conference with 84 points.

With only nine games left on their schedule, the Canucks are only two points up on the the ninth place San Jose Sharks but are also only two points back of the Calgary Flames for first place in the Northwest Division. Nutty.

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

  • Todd Bertuzzi was such a monster last night, manhandling opponents and creating scoring chances, that it really makes me wonder where the heck that sort of play was for the first 70 games of the season. Todd has shown glimpses of that at different points of the season, but not more so -and more consistently - than in the last four games. Since that very forgettable game against Detroit, Todd has seven points (1G-6A) and a combined plus-7 rating.
  • When Todd plays the way as he has, opposing defenses focus on him, which then creates a lot of open ice for his linemates. Ryan Kesler, especially, has been a big benefactor of Todd's play. He has six points (2G-4A) and 12 shots during his current five-game point streak.
  • I actually thought that Alex Auld was only okay last night. He made some good saves, but a few of them were a result of not being able to control his own rebounds. Still, 34 saves on 38 shots was good enough to help the Canucks win the game.
  • Mattias Ohlund played one of his better games in a while. Not only was he solid on his own end, but he also filled out the score sheet nicely with three assists, three shots, two hits, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating. He also logged 26:52 minutes of ice-time, just two seconds below Keith Carney's game-high of 26:54 minutes.
  • My seats are in the upper bowl so I didn't hear what some of the kiddies in the Canucks message forum are saying. Apparently, while Cookie was being helped off the ice, someone yelled out, "How's your f*cking nose, Cookie?" and was picked up on the Sportsnet feed. If someone can confirm that, that would be great. And if it is true, then curses back to whoever yelled it out.
  • I can't do a Kings game recap without mentioning my favorite player in the world, Sean Avery. (Please note the sarcasm.) Tough guy as he is, I found it amusing that the one guy he tried to goad into something during the game was... Henrik Sedin.
Next up: Minnesota on Tuesday.

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, 5:23 PM


At March 28, 2006 9:43 PM, Blogger Terry said...

Hey JJ

IMHO - the taunt was while Cooke was still out on the ice and was words to the effect of "How's your f***ing head Cookie?" Pratt and Taylor were suggesting this afternoon that Avery was the mouth. I've heard there is a pix in the Province that shows a lot of elbow and less shoulder than it looked on TV.

At March 29, 2006 5:56 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Avery, eh? Figures.

From where I was sitting, it looked like a lot of elbow. It was also obvious that the guy jumped to hit him.

I don't really care if it was a dirty hit or not. I care that it was a hit to the head. And the league simply has to get rid of them.


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