Friday, March 02, 2007

Coyotes 3 Canucks 4

I don't know what it is about non-playoff bound teams like the Coyotes, the Blues, the Blue Jackets and the Kings that give the Canucks problems. Yes, the Canucks have managed to win most of their games against these teams - they have a 10-3-2 record these teams after all - but they've had to scrap and claw their way most times to get the two points. Shouldn't they be dominating these teams? Or am I just sounding like a spoiled fan right now?

Last night, the Canucks didn't put the Coyotes away early. Heck, they had to play catch-up after Shane Doan gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead early in the third period. Daniel Sedin responded with his second goal of the night - his 29th of the season - to tie the game; Markus Naslund then scored the gamewinner with just over four minutes left in regulation. (By the way, does anyone know how many goals Markus has scored lifetime against Curtis Joseph? I swear, Cujo is one of Nazzy's favorite goalies.)

Besides the usual suspects, some Canucks stepped it up. Jeff Cowan did, especially after Josh Green went down with a serious knee injury; he played what was easily his best game as a Canuck. Brent Sopel and Bryan Smolinski also looked more comfortable and both recorded assists on Naslund's game-winning goal.

More from the Mainstream

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Daniel Sedin (VAN): Two more goals give him 29 for the season.
  2. Shane Doan (DAL): Most dangerous Coyotes forward.
  3. Jeff Cowan (VAN): Best game as a Canuck.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Sunday night clash against the Minnesota Wild.

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, 6:41 AM


At March 02, 2007 2:42 PM, Blogger Justin said...

Did you see those retarded penalties from Bulis? Why does this guy still get ice time?

At March 02, 2007 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you add San Jose to the Magic Number chart??

At March 02, 2007 6:34 PM, Blogger Temujin said...

I was happy to see Cowan get more ice-time in the third period, as he certainly earned it. It's just a tragic shame that it had to come at the expense of Trevor Linden, who seems stymied (though not for lack of trying).

At March 02, 2007 7:38 PM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

Now what are the chances of Cowan getting more icetime next game?

At March 03, 2007 7:52 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Justin - I was at the game with Trace. I was screaming when Vigneault put him on the ice with 2 minutes left.

anon - Done. Updated the post as well.

temujin and Zanstorm - If history is any indication, I'd expect Cowan to get more ice-time at the expense of Linden. It's the way he's worked all season, often rewarding the better performing players.


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