Thursday, April 26, 2007

Canucks 1 Ducks 5

Well, the good news is, the Canucks got off to the start they wanted. In the first seven minutes of game one, they had three or four quality scoring chances - more than they had in some games against Dallas - and then Jeff Cowan opened up the scoring with his first ever career goal. The bad news is, the lead lasted about two minutes and the game was all Anaheim Ducks afterwards.

After the elation that followed Monday's game seven win, last night's 5-1 loss was as sobering a reality check as they come.

The Canucks simply couldn't keep up with the Ducks. It could have been the fatigue from their seven-game series against the Stars or perhaps the trickle-down effect of missing two of their top-four defensemen. Or maybe the Ducks are just that big, that fast and that skilled.

The good thing is that this was only one game - the first game - in a best-of-seven series. I've said it before but the Canucks have been very good this year at bouncing back after games like these. Hopefully they can bounce back on Friday night.

More from the Mainstream

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Andy Macdonald (ANA): First career playoff hat-trick.
  2. Teemu Selanne (ANA): Goal, assist and somehow shoved Burrows into a diving penalty.
  3. Chris Pronger (ANA): Did he ever leave the ice?.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Game 2 goes Friday night in Anaheim.

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, 6:44 AM


At April 26, 2007 9:17 AM, Anonymous Scott said...

Ok...so I was at the game with three other Vancouver fans.
We were a little sauced and in good spirits pre-game as the Anaheim fans are usually pretty friendly (except when losing).
After two minutes of jubilation from Cowan's first goal is really went down hill.

The Ducks are fast.
The Ducks are big.
The Ducks hit hard.

Lui didn't look like he had much of a chance on the first two goals, it was piss poor defending that lead to great goals by the Ducks.

Lui possibly could have save the Selane quasi break, but I cant fault him too much on it.
It was another example of the Ducks speed making the 'Nuck's D look like pilons.
Not a good first period.
Not a bad 2nd period, with a few good Canucks chances, but no goals.
I was suprised Lui was pulled after the 4th goal. It was likely Alain just looking ahead to the next game I guess.

Over all...it was a little scary.
Pronger banging the Canucks around like little toys, Neidermeyer rushing on evey chance and McDonald, Selane, Getzlaf and Kunitz just a blur out there.

We'll need to play alot better and Lui will need to revert back to Luongod for the Canucks to have a legit chance.

At April 26, 2007 9:37 AM, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) We can understand the fatigue factor, but even then we can't see this as a good match up for the Canucks.
2) We had them beating the Stars in 7 last time around, but can NOT see this one going more than 5, despite heroics of our Hart/Vezina pick, Roberto Luongo


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