Friday, November 09, 2007

Canucks 3 Flames 2

For about 30 minutes last night, the Canucks completely dominated the Calgary Flames. For 30 minutes, they looked like the Canucks of last season. They were solid on "d", aggressive on the forecheck and won all the little battles for the puck. They worked hard and built a 3-0 lead.

That is, until Matt Cooke's borderline hit on Daymond Langkow set off a brouhaha and a scrap between Dion Phaneuf and (normally) mild-mannered Mattias Ohlund and started a Flames comeback attempt that just fell a goal short.

While I'm not going to chastise the Cooker for the hit - though I'll admit it was as borderline as the Aucoin (?) one on Daniel Sedin earlier in the game - I have to question his timing. The hit came only a minute after the Canucks' fourth line had scored two goals in 16 seconds and the Flames were as good as dead. Why give them some life?

Besides that, the Canucks were good, and when they weren't, Luongo was there to bail them out. I know I mentioned this last week as well but Louie is rounding back into last year's form. Last night, he stopped 36 of 38 shots (holy crap did Calgary actually have 24 shots on goal in the third period???) and has a solid .916 save % in his last seven games. (When you take away the Nashville debacle, it's actually a pretty darn good .925 save %.)

The kids were good again. Jannik Hansen was the Canucks' most noticeable forward in the first part of the game, and in fact, his line with Morrison and Cooke were a handful. Alex Edler again played 22 minutes - second most on the team - and was as solid as he was on Saturday. Luc Bourdon only played 10 minutes but wasn't noticeable, which of course, is a good thing. Probably one of my favorite parts of the game was the one powerplay that featured Kesler, Hansen, Bourdon and Edler (and Pyatt). They created some good pressure too.

One guy who probably had his best game as a Canuck was Aaron Miller. 22:03 minutes of ice-time, one assist and a plus-1. Now that's the Aaron Miller the Canucks were looking for.

It's been a good start to this Northwest Division swing. They're 2-0 so far, improving their divisional record this season to a still perfect 5-0. They're back at 'er tonight against Colorado. Time to work on that home record.

About the game around the blogosphere:
  • Hannah missed all three goals but she still posted about the game.
  • Mike the Yankee Canuck congratulates Trevor on passing Stan Smyl as the team's all-time assist leader.
More from the mainstream:

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