Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Same Old Story

Hello from chilly, but very beautiful and very relaxing, Seaside, Oregon.

I was pleasantly surprised to turn on OLN tonight and actually be able to watch the Canucks/Stars game. Because I missed the game on Saturday, this is the first time I've been able to watch the team with the trade deadline acquisitions in the lineup.

The Canucks lost the game 4-2, and to be honest, I wasn't too thrilled. It was the same story as most Canucks losses this season - the big line not generating offense, the Sedin line producing both goals, the defense playing solidly, the goaltender keeping the game close, but the opposing team being very opportunistic.

Despite the acquisitions of Keith Carney and Eric Weinrich - both looked very good by the way - it was painfully obvious that the Canucks miss the offense from the old defense. Both Ed Jovanovski and Sami Salo are very good puck-moving defensemen who can initiate the offense, and while Carney and Weinrich are outstanding on the defensive end, they do not they completely replace what Jovanovski and Salo bring.

But this is not an excuse for the nine other forwards not named Sedin, Sedin and Carter. This was a must-win for the team and they were outperformed and outclassed by a first-place team.

The loss puts the Canucks only two points ahead of both 8th place Anaheim and 9th place Edmonton. Both teams have games in hand against the Canucks; and Edmonton, who the Canucks play three more times this season, has won all five meetings against them.

The Canucks loaded up for the playoffs last Thursday. I sure hope they make it.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 1:50 AM


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