Monday, April 16, 2007

Canucks 2 Stars 1 (OT)

The last time the Canucks were in Dallas, Jan Bulis played the role of "goat", taking a horrible goaltender interference penalty late in the third period. The Stars tied it up and then won the game in overtime.

Last night, Bulis atoned for his many boneheadedness (is that a word?) during the regular season. With the Canucks trailing 1-0, him and rookie Jannik Hansen came out flying in the third period and then combined to tie the game only five minutes in.

Taylor Pyatt then scored his first career playoff goal in the first overtime to give the Canucks a 2-1 win and a 2-1 series lead.

For a while, it didn't look like the Canucks were ever going to score again. They threw a lot of shots at Marty Turco, but like in game two, many were from the outside and with little traffic in front of him. For two periods, the Stars thoroughly controlled the play and gave the Canucks little room.

Then suddenly, something changed, and it wasn't just the line combinations. You can almost see the light bulb go off, but the Canucks suddenly figured it out. Instead of sitting back and watching the Stars break out, they forechecked and pressured and forced turnovers. And Bulis' and Pyatt's goals? Yes, they were off turnovers.

More from the Mainstream

About the game around the blogosphere

My 3 Stars of the Game

  1. Roberto Luongo (VAN): Held the Canucks in the game when Dallas controlled the play.
  2. Marty Turco (DAL): Held the Stars in the game in the third period.
  3. Jan Bulis (VAN): Scored the game-tying goal and was prominent in the Canucks' comeback.

Official Statistics

Next Game

Game 4 goes Tuesday night in Dallas.

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, 6:40 AM


At April 16, 2007 10:06 AM, Anonymous superreggie said...

The thing that changed in the third period, was that the canucks stopped trying to match the pace and Rhythm of the stars. First two periods whenever the canucks got the puck in their own end, they'd immediately try to go up ice.

As soon as they started settling the puck down in their own end before moving up ice, the pace of the whole game changed.

At April 17, 2007 6:47 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

I just hope they keep controlling the pace of the game. Can't keep getting outplayed and expecting to win. But then again, that's why we got Roberto, right?

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