Thursday, November 23, 2006

Canucks 4 Red Wings 3 (OT)

Brendan Morrison, who only had one goal and one assist in all of November, picked the right time to break out of his slump. With the Canucks entering the third period in a 3-1 deficit, Morrison scored the team's first 5-on-3 goal of the season to tie the game and then scored on a breakaway in overtime to complete the comeback.

Detroit dominated the first two periods. After Ryan Kesler opened the scoring only 18 seconds into the game, the Red Wings took control and limited the Canucks to 11 shots on goal. Considering they only allow a league-best 20 shots a game and have only lost at Joe Louis Arena once this season, the Canucks' third period comeback didn't seem likely. The Canucks then put 19 shots on goal in the third period and overtime.

I can only guess that Alain Vigneault kicked some serious ass in the locker room in the second intermission. Besides Morrison, Sedin, Sedin and Naslund were dangerous in the third period and were rewarded with Naslund's 11th goal of the year. And when the Red Wings threatened in the last few minutes of regulation, Luongo stepped it up and made his biggest saves.

It wasn't a complete game but it was a character win. And it got the road trip off to a good start.

From the Mainstream:
  • Everyone agrees it was Morrison's best game of the season.
  • After three consecutive wins, the Canucks now have some Mo-mentum. (I know, lame pun.)
  • Kesler returns home an enemy.
  • The PK is doing great, killing 40 of the last 42. The PP? It's getting there.

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Brendan Morrison (VAN): Tied the game in the third period and won it in overtime.
  2. Ryan Kesler (VAN): In front of 50+ family and friends, Kesler was solid on the faceoff circle and played with a lot of jump. He opened the scoring only 18 seconds into the game.
  3. Mathieu Schneider (VAN): A goal and an assist in more than 25 minutes of ice-time. Not a bad game for the 37-year old.

About the game around the blogosphere

Official Statistics

Next Game

The Canucks are back at it tonight against the Nashville Predators. Expect Dany Sabourin in net.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:21 AM


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