Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Canucks 2 Wild 5

I suppose all good things must come to an end. The Canucks, very good and perhaps a little lucky in winning three consecutive games, were neither last night and were soundly beaten 5-2 by the Minnesota Wild. It was just the Wild's third win in regulation since November 2nd when they beat, well, the Canucks.

This one was a total team effort. Nearly everyone played terrible.

The Canucks, hoping to ride some momentum into the Christmas break, instead were as soft as Santa in Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Roberto Luongo got things started by waving at another Pavol Demitra slapshot, and soon he had lots of bad company.

You want names? Here's a few. Matt Cooke was a minus-four. And he also found time to take a boneheaded penalty, punching Derek Boogaard, who happened to be on the Minnesota bench. Josh Green, who seems to have absolutely no finish, missed a wide open net in the second period that would have tied the game 2-2. Captain Markus Naslund was again mostly invisible. He played more than 17 minutes, had one shot and was minus-two. He has not scored in nine games.

There were others, but you get the picture, and so does coach Alain Vigneault, who was quietly seething about his team's no-show in St. Paul.

"Too many of our top players tonight had a bad night and that's why the score is what it is," Vigneault said.

More from the Mainstream

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Brian Rolston (MIN): Canuck-killer had a goal and an assist and was a pain in the arse for the Canucks defense.
  2. Todd White (MIN): Failed to kick in a goal this time around but recorded two assists.
  3. Branko Radivojevic (MIN): Very opportunistic and scored a couple of goals.

Official Statistics

Next Game

The Canucks travel to Boston and take on the big, bad Bruins on Thursday night.

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


At December 20, 2006 3:54 PM, Blogger Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

What? No love for The Pavol? What is this BS? >:(


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