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Friday, February 02, 2007

Oilers 3 Canucks 5

For whatever reason, I've always been nervous whenever the Oilers would come to town and play the Canucks. Regardless of where either team was in the standings, the games would usually be even-played and very entertaining, but more often than not, the Oilers would end up on the winning end of things.

Last night, the Canucks beat the Oilers 5-3. More importantly, it was their third straight win against Raffi's crew. Most importantly, the win increased the Canucks' lead over the Oil to eight points.

The Canucks did many good things this game. They matched the Oilers stride-for-stride, hit-by-hit. A lot was said about Roberto Luongo being treated like a bowling pin, but with Willie Mitchell back in the lineup, the Canucks kept Louie's crease clear(er).

Once again, the penalty-kill was spectacular. They killed all seven Edmonton powerplays, and over the last 74 chances, have only allowed three goals - a freakin' amazing 96% kill rate. To top it all off, Marc Chouinard scored on a breakaway - read that again: Marc Chouinard scored on a breakaway - only seconds after killing an Oilers powerplay.

More from the Mainstream

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Markus Naslund (VAN): Great move on his great goal - the gamewinner.
  2. Brendan Morrison (VAN): Two assists and some great work on the penalty-kill.
  3. Jan Bulis (VAN): I've ragged on this guy all season but tonight was one of his better games. Played hard and was rewarded with an empty-net goal at the end of the game. (I probably could have picked Raffi Torres as one of the stars, but I'm a homer.)

Official Statistics

Next Game

Saturday night, Hockey Night In Canada match-up against the Calgary Flames.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:35 AM

4 Comments:

At February 02, 2007 10:00 AM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

Oh, nevermind. That bad feeling I had was from the chili I ate at lunch! haha. Wooo! The Canucks are back on a roll!
Good game last night.

 
At February 02, 2007 1:20 PM, Blogger NYCWickedWrister said...

Willie Mitchell was one of the best acquisitions of the offseason. He doesn't put up points, but he's the kind of rugged defenseman that clears the crease, which a lot of teams lack. Trading Salo or Morrison before the deadline would be a mistake. This team can ride Luongo to a cup if it gets scoring from the top two lines. Now Naslund can't disappear in the playoffs!

From the Igloo to Flatbush - pensinbk.blogspot.com

 
At February 02, 2007 6:47 PM, Anonymous Kris Karkoski said...

That was a good game. Caught the extended highlights on ESPN earlier in the day.

Nice goal by Naslund for the go ahead. Morrison has a solid night too. Should be a good game tomm. against Calgary too. I'll be checking it out since the Pens play early in the day.

 
At February 03, 2007 9:12 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

I can't wait till the game tonight either. The Flames are on a roll; winner takes first place.

 

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