Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Lightning 1 Canucks 5
Last night's game between the Canucks and the Tampa Bay Lightning was a much-anticipated meeting between one of the best defensive teams in the league versus one its highest-scoring ones. It didn't exactly happen. The Canucks' suffocating defense limited the high-powerd Lightning offense to 17 shots on goal - and even less scoring chances - and delivered a convincing 5-1 victory to go undefeated in their three-game homestand (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province).
It wasn't exactly a night off for Roberto Luongo but it came close.This wasn't the only story of the night as, much like in many others this season, the Canucks put together a clinic in team play.
So often this season, Luongo has carried the Canucks and the hopes of their fans on his formidable shoulders.
Turnabout is fair play.
The Canucks D-men shut down Tampa Bay's top line like a high school kegger after the cops arrive. It helped Luongo to his 38th win of the season, tying Kirk McLean's mark set in 1991-92.
Daniel Sedin scored 21 seconds in the third period to give the Canucks a two-goal cushion; the goal was his 30th of the season, the first time in his career he's reached that plateau. Henrik added two assists. Bryan Smolinski scored his first goal as a Canuck. Lukas Krajicek played his best game in recent memory. And of course, Jeff Cowan - yes that waiver wire pickup Jeff Cowan - chipped in with two goals. He now has five goals, a fight and a bra thrown at him in three games (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun).
In the rest of the world, lightning never strikes twice. In Vancouver, it never strikes once, except when it hits five times in three games for Jeff Cowan.Jeff, I take back everything I said when the 'Nucks first plucked you from the waiver wire.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, who entered the National Hockey League in 1992, remained 0-for-ever in Vancouver as the Canucks got a pair of goals from their grinder-turned-sniper Tuesday and beat the 2004 Stanley Cup champions 5-1.
As the saying goes, the Canucks left it all on the ice. And after Cowan's second goal capped a rollicking third period, so did one female fan. At least we assume it was a she who tossed a bra on to the ice, creating a standoff between Canuck defenceman Willie Mitchell, who speared the unmentionable with his stick, and referee Dave Jackson, who was hesitant to transfer it to the penalty box.
Three games ago, Cowan may as well have been John Doe. Now, he's Tom Jones.
More from the Mainstream
- More postgame thoughts from the Vancouver press. - Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province), Grant Kerr (Globe and Mail)
- Now from the Tampa Bay side. - Damian Cristodero (St. Petersburg Times), Erik Erlendson (Tampa Tribune)
- Heading towards the playoffs, the 'Nucks are clicking on all cylinders. - Ed Willes (Vancouver Province)
- It's been well-documented. Louie is glad to be heading to the playoffs. - Erik Erlendson (Tampa Tribune)
- Some roster notes on Rory, Kes and Dany. - Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun)
About the game around the blogosphere
- The Yankee Canuck is the latest to praise Jeff Cowan.
- Ditto Jes Golbez.
- Waiting For Stanley is all for more bra-throwing on the ice.
- Isabella from stick in rink was at the game and gives her minute-by-minute account.
- Canucks Fangirl and The Chief Canuck also throw in their two cents.
My 3 Stars of the Game
- Daniel Sedin (VAN): Scored his 30th goal of the season.
- Jeff Cowan (VAN): Two more goals and a long standing ovation from the crowd.
- Kevin Bieksa (VAN): Led all Canucks in ice-time and scored the game-winning goal.
Away from the Vancouver rain and on to Phoenix on Thursday night.
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