Thursday, February 15, 2007

Canucks 3 Wild 2 (OT)

Were those really the Canucks and the Wild scrapping it out on the ice last night? It sure didn't seem like it. Both teams treated last night's game like a playoff game. I mean, both teams were attacking, there were tons of scoring chances on both ends, there were a lot of good hits, and Josh Green got into a fight. In other words, the game was actually entertaining, which is more than what you can say about the usual Canucks/Wild tilt. Trap? What trap?

And the best part, of course, is that the Canucks won 3-2 in OT. It was the first time that a team has beaten Minnesota in overtime this season.

They're calling Sami Salo "Mr. Overtime" now in these parts. Last night's OT winner was his 10th goal of the season, but also his fifth to win a game, and third to win it in overtime.

"I don't think you can say that," Salo grinned when the nickname was floated at him. "I'm happy to chip in once in a while.

"It's a huge, huge win for us. You're playing for first spot and all the adrenalin comes out of you if you get the goal. It was a good feeling. It was a huge confidence-booster for everyone here."
That the Canucks were in a position to win the game was due - once again - to Roberto Luongo. The usual suspects, Gaborik, Demitra, Rolston, White, even Mikko Koivu, gave the Canucks' fits all game long with their speed. The Wild threw 32 shots at Roberto Luongo; Luongo stopped 30 of them plus the post stopped probably four or five or six more. I'll give TSN credit - they know how important Luongo is to this team and weren't shy about saying so.

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My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Roberto Luongo (VAN): 30 saves on 32 Wild shots. Once again held the fort and wouldn't let the Wild get ahead.
  2. Marion Gaborik (MIN): Probably the best - and most dangerous - skater all night. One goal, one assist and five shots.
  3. Daniel Sedin (VAN): Was a consistent threat all night. Five shots and his team-leading 24th goal.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Friday night rematch vs. the Chicago Blackhawks

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, 6:18 AM


At February 15, 2007 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a game!!
I've never really read through your blogs before jj...but its a really good read.

good job man!!

At February 15, 2007 9:29 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Agreed! Great game, and great recap here.

I also thought Bieksa had a strong game after a few weaker ones (which I didn't hear many people noticing lately...wonder if he was getting tired?).

At February 15, 2007 5:23 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

A-Roc - Thanks man! Bookmark it. ;)

Jeremy - Bieksa has been logging a lot of minutes. You're right that he has struggled somewhat, but I think most fans (myself included) were willing to overlook a few bad games considering what he has done this season.

I wouldn't be surprised if he's a bit tired. He's averaging 24 minutes a game this season - not bad for what is really his first full season in the bigs. Still, it would be nice if someone else - or if they can get someone else - to take over an extra minute or two.

At February 15, 2007 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.O forsberg got traded! Do you think this puts more pressure on nonis to make a move?

At February 15, 2007 8:02 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

^ I just posted on the Forsberg trade. :)

Honestly, I don't think it will, nor it shouldn't. Calgary and Nashville are more veteran teams that will be crippled by the cap and/or unrestricted free agency in the next year or two. I would have been surprised if the didn't make these sorts of moves.

They also had decent depth at the positions they traded away from. The Canucks, unfortunately, don't have that luxury.

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