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CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Canucks 3 Flames 5

Disclaimer: I went to the Orca Bay part-time staff party last night at Moose's Down Under, and while I watched the game on their new flatscreen TV's, my thoughts may be fuzzied by the insane amount of Sleemans I drank.

One night after beating the Stanley Cup champs, the Canucks came out with a Stanley Cup hangover somewhat similar to the hangover I have now. They took six penalties in the first period, including three in a span of 76 seconds that gave the Flames a long 5-on-3 opportunity. As if to give the Canucks a taste of their own medicine, the Flames held a 31-17 shot advantage going into the third period, which was pretty much indicative of their territorial advantage as well. By the time Alain Vigneault's boys woke up and decided to make a game of it, they were already down by three goals.

That the Canucks rallied to make it 4-3 midway through the third period was one of the few positives of the night. Dany Sabourin played well enough in relief of Roberto Luongo, who was pulled after the fourth Calgary goal. Sabourin wasn't busy, but stopped all 13 shots he faced in 29:47 minutes, and has now stopped the last 22 shots he's faced dating back to his disaster of a game against the Nashville Predators. (I can almost hear the "Play Dany, Trade Louie" chants from the bandwagon now.)

Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the loss is that the boys are now 2-8-1 against the Northwest Division. A win last night would have given them third place in the division, only three points behind the Wild and the Oilers for the division lead.

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Jovocop and the Phoenix Coyotes return to Vancouver on Tuesday.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 10:23 AM