Saturday, April 28, 2007

Canucks 2 Ducks 1 (2 OT)

First of all, to those who hopped back on the bandwagon after last night's 2-1 double overtime win against the Ducks, welcome back.

You had to be impressed with the Canucks' effort last night. Many people wrote them off after game one, and especially with the Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa still missing from the defense corps and Willie Mitchell supposedly playing on one leg, they dug deep and came up with a solid, solid game.

To a man, they responded to the beating they got from us fans and from the media. Like all good teams do, they adjusted their game and neutralized the high-flying Ducks. While they still had problems at times matching Anaheim's speed, they matched them in effort and kept a lot of the Ducks' chances on the outside. The Canucks outplayed the Ducks on even-strength, and in fact, most of Anaheim's chances only came with the man-advantage. They forechecked and forced turnovers and created scoring chances. They went into the corners, got dirty and won puck battles. In other words, they stopped playing like they were scared of the big, bad Ducks and came out of it with home-ice advantage in this series.

Markus Naslund stripped the puck from Chris Pronger for his first goal since game one of round one. Jeff Cowan scored his second in two games in this series. Lukas Krajicek stepped it up and did his best Jyrki Lumme impression. The rookies, Alex Edler and Jannik Hansen, looked unintimidated. I could go through the entire lineup and find something good about the way they played.

And Roberto Luongo? He answered his critics who said that the Ducks have figured him out and have gotten to his head. He stopped 43 shots and now has his first career win against the Ducks.

Now, while the win to even this series at 1-1 was huge, the more important victory for the Canucks is knowing they can beat the Ducks. They hadn't been able to solve them all season long and certainly not in game one. Now, they head home for games three and four knowing otherwise.

More from the Mainstream

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Roberto Luongo (VAN): 43 saves including a lot of huge ones on the Ducks powerplay.
  2. Jean-Sebastian Giguere (ANA): 47 saves for the home team.
  3. Lukas Krajicek (VAN): Stepped up his game and was great in 32:07 minutes of ice-time.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Sunday night back at the Garage.

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, 10:51 AM


At April 28, 2007 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm willing to open the doors back to those who were so quick to leave the bandwagon. It's ok, I forgive y'all

At April 28, 2007 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, all my friends were so writing off the Canucks after the first game but I told em once they play their system and tighten things up and Luongo gets his back up after being peppered it'll all be alright.
Also - I scored 4 tickets at face value to game 4 through Ticketreserve.com and am so stoked to see them now!
Go nucks!!!!!!!!

At April 29, 2007 10:08 AM, Blogger Gary said...

I am a loyal Ducks fan. I admit it. However with all due respect to Mr. Luongo and the Canucks...the Ducks gave Game 2 away. No doubt Vancouver played better and was more dangerous...however consider the Perry close call and 3 gaping nets that Selanne alone shot wide or over the net. The score easily could have been 5 or 6 or 1 Ducks. Hockey truly is a game of inches. Anyone would have to say that the winning goal was freakish and lucky at best. The undeniable truth is that the Ducks were starting to play THEIR game in the 3rd and throughout OT. I honestly don't think that the Ducks will be outplayed by VC nor do I think they will suffer the bad luck they experienced in Game 2 again!

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