Friday, November 30, 2007

Blue Jackets 0 Canucks 2

Sometimes I pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. It's not really possible that the man wearing the no. 1 Canucks jersey is in fact wearing a Canucks jersey. The Canucks just don't have goaltenders like Roberto Luongo. There's no slight intended for King Richard and Captain Kirk, but the Luon-god can dominate games - take over games - like no one in a Canucks uni has been able to.

Last night, Luongo extended his shutout streak to three games - 195 minutes and 34 seconds to be exact. He's now stopped the last 86 shots he's faced and finished the November to remember with an 8-2-2 record and a .934 save percentage (269 of 288 shots).

The Canucks played a true team game last night. Neither team gave up an obnoxious amount of quality scoring chances, though Luongo and Frederik Norrena had to be sharp at times. The team knew what was at stake. Especially in the second and third periods when the Blue Jackets started looking like a Ken Hitchcock-coached team, they stuck together, let Luongo see the puck and cleared away any rebounds. With a 2-0 lead, they focused on the defensive end and picked their spots.

I know it's been said many times, but Ryan Kesler played yet another gem of a game. I don't know if it's too early to start Selke talk, but check out these stats from the past three games:

Patrick Kane, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash - 0 goals, 0 assists, -1, 6 PIM, 8 shots
Ryan Kesler - 2 goals, 0 assists, even-rating, 0 PIM, 9 shots

More importantly, the Canucks won again and moved up to second place in the Western Conference and fourth overall in the NHL. They also crawled one game over .500 on home ice - very impressive considering they were an awful 1-6 at the beginning of the month.

The Canucks only have a couple of days to savor this latest victory. Starting Sunday, they start a stretch of eight games in two weeks, seven of them on the road and including a couple of back-to-backs.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:28 AM


At November 30, 2007 1:03 PM, Blogger DaveO said...

great seeing you at the game. a pretty memorable night - though prob not a memorable game except for the records. Once Naslund is credited with an assist on that fist goal, we can say we witnesses two pretty important milestones.

Will post a note when the audio we recorded is up.

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