Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Canucks 2 Flames 3

I'm still trying to come up with the right words to describe last night's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. Heartbreaking, disappointing, infuriating, frustrating come to mind. Pissed is another.

I'm pissed off.

The Canucks shouldn't have lost last night. Not with the way they came out and outplayed the Flames in the first period. Not with the way they controlled the play, drew four powerplays, outshot the Flames 21-7 and built a 2-0 lead. They did everything right in the first 20 minutes.

And then they pissed it away.

In the final forty minutes, the Canucks were thoroughly dominated and outshot 33-13. They looked outmatched and out of it. Scarily, it was eerily reminiscent of how they looked against the Ducks in the second round of the playoffs.

The Canucks were outshot 18-3 in the second period, though thanks to Roberto Luongo, they still held a 2-1 lead going into the third. It should have been enough. After all, going into tonight's game, no team had been able to beat them in regulation when leading after two periods. They had a league-best 26-0-1 record when leading after two periods. I guess there's a first time for everything.

It wasn't just the game they pissed away. Had the Canucks hung on for the win, they would have crawled to one point back of the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest Division title with one game in hand. They would have extended their lead to four and five points against the ninth place Nashville Predators (who, by the way, shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets last night) and tenth place Edmonton Oilers respectively. This morning, the Canucks are in seventh place, four points back of the Northwest Division lead and only a two and three point lead against the Predators and Oilers.

Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun) probably described this game the best:

After a roller-coaster season, it probably should come as no surprise that the Canucks are not going to make things easy on themselves as they head down the home stretch of the regular season.

Tuesday's game was in many ways a microcosm of their season. They were very good in the first period and then played terrible the rest of the way.

Who knows which team will show up tonight in Denver.
The Canucks are like a box of chocolates and all that.

If there is one positive after the loss, it's that the Canucks, amazingly enough, still control their own destiny. If they want to make the playoffs and even win their division, all they have to do is win their games. They don't need help from other teams. They just need to worry about their own.

As demoralizing as it was to piss away a couple of points last night, at least they don't have to sit for long and dwell over it. They get back at it against the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I hope the team that showed up in the first period is the team that shows up. And shows up for the entire game.

More from the MSM:

About the game around the blogosphere:

Next game:

Tonight against the Avs.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:02 AM


At March 26, 2008 11:22 AM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

I'm glad I didn't pay the $12 to watch that game last night.
You gotta think that we'll see a more consistent game from them tonight. They tend to respond well after a disheartening loss don't they?
I say they beat the Avs tonight.

At March 26, 2008 4:38 PM, Anonymous jcharlto said...

I paid $60 to see the game last night. Can you imagine how I felt, a lone Canucks jersey surrounded by way too much red. As each Flames goal went in, more and more people were trying to high-five me. Not a pleasant experience.

I hope Burrows has been given a stern talking to and will make amends for taking the world's stupidest penalty. At least try to disguise that you're pushing the net off. Doing the clean and jerk on the net gets called every time.

At March 27, 2008 8:57 PM, Anonymous Teddy said...

Canucks didn't piss it away so much as the Flames finally woke up. I think the bigger story is this: which Flames team will show up on any given night. When we're on, we're unbeatable. The one out of every three games we actually show to.

Where's Teddy Now

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