Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sharks 4 Canucks 2

Before the game yesterday, I wasn't sure what Vancouver Canucks team to expect against the San Jose Sharks - the one that beat Edmonton twice over the weekend or the one that has struggled against non-Alberta-based teams so far this season. As it turns out, both Canucks teams showed up last night.

The Canucks dominated the first 30 minutes of the game. They kept up with the big, fast Sharks. They drew penalties (six of them). They generated numerous scoring chances. They looked good.

But alas, Evegeni Nabokov was impenetrable and the Canucks could only get one puck past him.

The game turned midway through the second period, about the time Doug Murray and Rick Rypien dropped the gloves and Murray dropped Rypien with a few, good shots. (To be fair, Murray had pulled Rypien's jersey over his head and Rypien was throwing punches like a kid swinging blindly at a pinata at a birthday party.) The mood changed after this bout, and true enough, the Sharks built some momentum and tied the game.

The third period last night was eerily similar to the first period of the home opener. The Canucks' defense, which was supposed to be one of the strengths of this team, was anything but. Lord knows what Aaron Miller and Mike Weaver were doing that far up the ice defending a 5-on-3 when Joe Pavelski scored the tying goal. And Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo got the defense running around to score theirs. It's been an inconsistent start to the season for the defense to say the least. Sami's supposed to be back in the lineup on Friday. Hopefully, that'll help.

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Next game:

Friday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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