Sunday, November 26, 2006

Canucks 1 Avalanche 4

After last night's 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Vancouver Canucks have now scored more than two goals in only two of their last 13 games. Amazingly, they've won five games in that same span anyway, perhaps an indicator of how well the team has played defensively and how much Roberto Luongo gives them a chance to win games.

He can't do that every night and there are signs that he is getting frustrated:

Most worrisome is the frustration from losing two games by a 10-1 total -- especially for franchise goalie Roberto Luongo, whose all-out effort is the only reason the Canucks weren't blown out in a 4-1 loss to the Avs Saturday.

He was clearly bristling after a game in which he was the Canucks' best player, saving 35 of 39 shots.

"It was a big game and we didn't deserve to win, that's the bottom line," Luongo said. "I don't know if I played well enough but I battled, I battled for 60 minutes. Even the fourth goal, for the hundredth time this year, went off our D-man and in. I battled for 60 minutes and I can keep my head up and say I worked hard for 60."
It certainly didn't help that Daniel Sedin missed the game with an abdominal muscle strain, though even without him, the Canucks generated a fair amount of scoring chances on Jose Theodore. As has been the case most of the season, what they lacked was finish and it cost them two points at the end.

The Canucks, now 1-6-1 against the Northwest Division, head into the Northwest Division-heavy portion of their schedule; they play 12 of their next 20 games against divisional rivals.

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My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Wojtek Wolski (COL): His first game back from the doghouse - aka the press box - the rookie scored one goal and dished out three assists.
  2. Jose Theodore (COL): Paris Hilton's party pal shut his five-hole early in the game and kept the Canucks from mounting a comeback. He stopped 28 of 29 Canucks shots.
  3. Paul Statsny (COL): Another rookie with another big game, Statsny had one goal and a couple of assists.

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Next Game

The Canucks play eight of their next nine games at GM Place, starting with Ken Hitchcock and the Columbus Blue Jackets 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, 9:54 AM


At November 26, 2006 11:25 AM, Anonymous Isabella said...

Jesus God. Honestly, this isn't a team.

I knew that Luongo was frustrated when I saw his reaction after the 4th goal. He just looked so angry. And the man is allowed to rant given how the last two games have gone. But honestly - it's startling how fragmented the team feels this year. I don't recall the last time a Canucks goaltender said one bad thing about a teammate, or a portion of the team.

Have they had a closed door meeting yet? Feels like it's time for one of those.

At November 27, 2006 6:13 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

I don't know if they've had a closed door meeting yet or not, but it's really important that AV doesn't lose the room.

When implementing a new system, it's important to see good results for the players to keep buying into it. So far, the results have been mixed.

As for Luongo, he's allowed to rant. He's done his bit. Somehow, the rest of the team has to find ways to put pucks in the net.

At November 27, 2006 9:25 AM, Anonymous Isabella said...

Maybe Ryan Kesler can buy them a goal with his paycheque.

On another note, stay safe in the white stuff out there ;)


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