Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ducks 0 Canucks 4

I started writing this recap while watching the Toronto/Montreal game and the worst zamboni driver in the world drive circles around the ice, and wondering out loud why TSN couldn't split the screen and show a bit of the Canucks game. I had a few choice words for TSN, but in hindsight, it was probably a good thing that I missed the first eight minutes of the first period.

Bert came but he didn't exactly conquer. For that first period anyway, his Ducks were very good. They were dominant good. They created a lot of chances and didn't give the Canucks a lot of their own. They outshot the good guys in blue by a 15-5 margin, but thanks to Roberto Luongo's goaltending, didn't have anything to show for it.

As we all remember from the October from hell, 20 minutes does not a game make. After that first period, the Canucks took over and outshot the Ducks 28-11 the rest of the way. At the very least, they owe Louie some dinner.

It helped that Anaheim imploded. The Ducks tried to bully their way back into the game but couldn't get past anything past the referees. (Well, except Chris Pronger, who got away with giving Ryan Kesler a nice little crosscheck from behind after Kesler scored his first of two goals.) For almost eight consecutive minutes between the second and third periods, there was at least one Duck in the penalty box. The Canucks made them pay. In 12 total minutes of powerplay time, they scored two powerplay goals.

Back to Louie for a second. He stopped all 26 Anaheim shots and has now recorded two straight shutouts. He hasn't let a goal in since early in the third period of the St. Louis game - a span of more than 135 minutes. Since the Canucks started their run on November 3rd, Louie's stopped 261 of 277 shots for a .942 save percentage.

With the win, the Canucks improved their November record to 8-2-2. They'll finish off the month with one more home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 5:56 AM


At November 28, 2007 5:40 PM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

I kept yelling that: "why the hell won't TSN do a split screen while the zambonie driver zambonies his way out of a job???!! Totally missed Bert's reception.

Great game though, huh? That's my fave win of the year.

At November 28, 2007 6:07 PM, Blogger Justin said...

The Kesler for Jeff Carter rumour, if not dead yet, should be after this game. I think the best thing to happen to Kesler this year was getting cross-checked by Boulerice, because he's been ON FIRE since then.


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