Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Canucks 2 Kings 4

I won't blame last night's loss on surprise starter, Curtis Sanford. The fact is, Sanford didn't get a lot of help from the rest of the team. The Canucks were a team playing their fourth game in six nights and it showed. They came out flat, and by the ten-minute mark of the first period, they had less shots than the Kings had goals. Unfortunately, they didn't get much better than that the rest of the way.

Brendan Morrison was horrible and was benched for much of the latter part of the game. I'm sure he must've thought he was on the Kings bench, Crow was still his coach, and he was still in the dog house. Lukas Krajicek had an off-game. So did Mattias Ohlund and Sami Salo. The Sedins and Naslund cycled and dangled like they usually do, but weren't able to generate much in real scoring chances. Of all the forwards, I thought Ryan Kesler and Taylor Pyatt were the only ones that played a decent game.

It didn't help that Roberto Luongo proclaimed himself not well enough to play during the warmups. It turns out, he's been injured for about a week now (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun):
After the Vancouver Canucks maintained for two days that their star goaltender was not injured, Roberto Luongo revealed after missing Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings that he has a rib injury and is unsure how soon he'll return to his National Hockey League team's lineup.

"It's been injured since last Sunday in Minnesota," Luongo said after backup goalie Curtis Sanford was rushed in to play what turned out to be a 4-2 loss against the Kings. "The last few days it got worse. I've been in pain all day. Not good enough to go.

"It hurts when I breathe, hurts when I move. It's tough to do your job."
As far as I can remember - I'm trying to think back to last season - this is the first time Luongo has been injured bad enough not to play. He was hospitalized before a game in Montreal last season, but played and shut out the Habs anyway. He was obviously sick during the last playoff game against the Ducks.

Damn, his ribs must reaaaaally hurt.

Kidding aside, if Louie is out for any extended period of time, this will obviously be a big test for the team. They've never gone without him in net for more than the odd game at a time and I'm curious to see how the team responds.

More from the mainstream:
About the game around the blogosphere:

Next game:

Wednesday night against the Ducks

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:20 AM


At December 12, 2007 6:26 AM, Blogger CKim said...

The Canucks were a team playing their fourth game in six nights and it showed.

This was also the Kings fourth game in 6 nights, but the difference was that the Kings actually decided they wanted the win. They've been amazingly inconsistent these first 30 games; who knows what the problem is. All I know is that these fans are calling for Crow's head. What was it like up there when he was behind your bench?

Damn, his ribs must reaaaaally hurt.

Our top goalie was out with a rib injury as well. I don't know why Smyth thought it was ok to spear Barbs. I don't know how much confidence you have in Sanford, but for Aubin, it's just ehh.

Here's to hoping both of our goalies get healthy REAL SOON.

P.S. please kick Anaheim's ass tonight.

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