Friday, January 04, 2008

Rangers 0 Canucks 3

The game featured more Pamela Anderson sightings on the jumbotron (4) than goals, and truth be told, the Canucks didn't have that many more scoring chances. Both teams were quite content with sticking to their defensive systems, but that's fine. The good guys won, Luongo got his sixth of the season - one shy of Dan Cloutier's franchise record - and Sean Avery was pretty much non-existent.

From Ed Willes (Vancouver Province):

In an excruciating display of Canucks hockey, the home team didn't record its 10th shot on goal until early in the third period; captain Markus Naslund was replaced on the first line by minor league callup Mason Raymond for the latest in a series of uninspired performances; and Rangers' penalty killers generated more scoring chances than the Canucks' power play.

The Canucks, in short, had as much business winning this one as Pauly Shore has of winning a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.

But -- and stop us if this sounds familiar -- Roberto Luongo also stopped everything the Rangers threw at him, Jaromir Jagr just missed a couple of times and Ryan Kesler scored the goal that mattered in the second period when he banked one in off Rangers' keeper Stephen Valiquette.

Pretty it wasn't. Two points it was, and you'd consider if flukey if the Canucks didn't make a habit of winning exactly these kind of games.
By that, he means that Louie holds the team in the game until they finally score, and when they finally score, they try and hang on for the win. The Canucks are 20-4 when they score first so Ryan Kesler's goal early in the second period was huge. Daniel Sedin's and Jason Jaffray's goals in the third period were just gravy. The Canucks played the perfect road game except for that fact they were at home.

Add Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez to Kesler's notches on his defensive bed post (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province):

It was no small task. Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez came to GM Place rolling. Gomez was on a career-high 13-game point streak and Jagr's streak of eight games in a row with at least a point wasn't far behind. Neither was Kesler's shadow.

He was all over the pair from the opening minutes to the final whistle, matching their combined shot total with three of his own while also scoring the game-winning goal.
It was a Selke-worthy performance, but also, it was typical of a lot of his games this season. Ask Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash and Jarome Iginla. I'm glad he had it against the Rangers because perhaps now the Eastern media will start taking notice.

About the game around the blogosphere:

More from the MSM:

Next game:

A four-day layoff and then Tuesday night's game against the Islanders.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:18 AM


At January 07, 2008 1:19 AM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

Jin actually lives with us and we share the computer. So odds are he'll do that again! ha.
I got rid of the navbar and so that in itself forces me to log out every time I'm done, which I'm not used to doing. If he does it again, I'll open a can of whoopass on him!
Wow, what a big break between games. Can't wait to see the Isles roll into town on Tuesday!

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