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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Canucks 2 Senators 1

When the Canucks first embarked on this four-game Eastern swing, I said I would be happy even if they lost three games as long as their one win was against the Leafs. Lo and behold, after tonight's 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators, they have three wins on this road trip. Overall, the Canucks have now won six straight road games and 10 of their past 11 games.

The Sens were streaking going into the game. They had won five straight games, having scored at least five goals in each one. It wasn't easy but the Canucks sure stopped that streak.

The Canucks had a 2-0 lead after two periods thanks to Taylor Pyatt's 12th goal of the season and Rory Fitzpatrick's first (also his first as a Canuck). However, they got in trouble in the third period. They were outshot 14-0 in the final frame and even gave the Sens a two-man advantage of more than a minute. They killed both penalties and rode Roberto Luongo the rest of the game for the win.

What I liked most about the game was the Canucks' composure. They controlled much of the play in the first two periods, and even when the Sens came on in the third, the Canucks didn't panic. Winning does that, I suppose.

Now if I can be greedy, I hope they win one more game and sweep this road trip - tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres.

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Mattias Ohlund (VAN): Was huge for the defense after Willie Mitchell left the game. Was especially good when the Canucks were down two men in the third period
  2. Roberto Luongo (VAN): Stopped 34 Ottawa shots, including 13 of 14 in the third period
  3. Taylor Pyatt (VAN): One goal and one assist despite playing with a broken thumb

Official Statistics

Next Game

Friday night versus the no. 1 team in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 8:53 PM

5 Comments:

At January 18, 2007 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just a note, rory fitzpatrick's last goal came against the senators, when he was with the sabres...must be karma

 
At January 18, 2007 9:47 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Loved Jim Hughson's comment after that goal, too. "He owns the Senators!" haha!

 
At January 18, 2007 10:17 PM, Anonymous GZ Expat said...

RORY! RORY!! RORY!!!

OK...so the 'nucks have outscored their opponents 12-2 on this road trip. Get out of here.

If Luongo isn't the 1st Star of the league this week...its a fix, just like the Rory vote.

I love the picture they have of Luongo tossing a souvenir into the crowd and the fan with the 'Forza Luongo' sign. Beautiful.

 
At January 18, 2007 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe the postings they got on TSN from the Ottawa or other Eastern teams fans! They are so out of touch! All they say is that the Sens outshoot the Canucks 14-0 in the third and how lucky Loungo was. Pure burial mood over there... And I enjoy every second of it!

 
At January 19, 2007 6:26 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

^ - You gotta be good to be lucky. And we of course know that Bobby Lou is GOOD.

gz - A win tonight should cement that. If not, we'll have to demand a recount. :P

 

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