Friday, March 16, 2007

Blues 2 Canucks 3 (OT)

The Canucks are tied for the league-lead in one-goal games with 28. In a way, I'm not at all surprised that, even with a non-playoff bound team like the St. Louis Blues in town, the Canucks won by a single goal.

The game looked like it should have been a romp. The Canucks outshot the Blues 12-2 in the first period and led them in shots 20-5 about halfway through the second. They dominated the play - and by they, I mean mostly the Sedin, Sedin and Cowan line - and the Blues rarely got within spitting distance of Roberto Luongo. At that point however, all they could show for their good play was a 1-0 lead on Henrik Sedin's 10th goal of the season; midway through the third period, Trevor Linden also scored his 10th goal of the season - a nice finish on a nice odd-man rush - to extend the lead to 2-0.

Game, set, match, right? Well, not quite.

Almost as if on cue, the Canucks started to sit back on their two-goal lead much like they did against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Blues sensed this and slowly yet surely clawed their way back to force overtime.

Thank goodness Eric Brewer felt the need to stand up for Curtis Sanford, who dove when Matt Cooke skated by him. Thank goodness the Sedins made him pay with a beauty of a powerplay goal in overtime.

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My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Daniel Sedin (VAN): OT winner plus an assist.
  2. Curtis Sanford (STL): 34 saves on 37 shots. Was pretty much the only reason the Blues were still in the game in the third period.
  3. Henrik Sedin (VAN): One goal and one more assist towards Andre Boudrias' record.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Big Saturday night showdown versus the Detroit Red Wings.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 9:33 AM


At March 16, 2007 4:45 PM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

It looks like Cowan is the fastest Canuck right now. I love the Cowan-Sedin line. Cowan's presence on that line really kickstarted the brothers from the same mother I thought.
Too bad Smolinski can't catch a break. He could have had a trick last night.

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