Mar.16 – A statement was made by 15:18 of the first period, as the scoreboard read 3 to 0 for the Canucks over the Colorado Avalanche. This eventual win (4-2) broke a string of 8 previous losses to the Avs and let them know that the remaining 4 games will be highly contested, due of course to their importance.
The game was barely 3 minutes old when Ryan Kesler from the point, drills one on net and Magic, screening Av’s goaltender Andrew Raycroft, jumping up, deflects the shot in, to record the PP goal, Magic’s 2nd in 3 games. Nothing like a goal to get the confidence back and Magic has played a lot better, carrying the puck into the offensive zone, setting up plays and creating opportunities.
The second goal was one of beauty as Alex Burrows continues to hustle and never lets up on the play. This was scored while killing a penalty and his first shot hit the post, but Burrows stayed with the play as Kesler stole the puck and got it over to Alex who shot, stopped again by Raycroft but the rebound went back to Burrows and on a sharp angle, clanked one in off the post. What an effort, blew the roof off GM Place!
Colorado tested Roberto Luongo early on and Cody McLeod’s wicked snap shot saw the lighting fast glove hand of Louie, flash out and pluck it off the vine. Scott Hannan then walked in off the point and Bobby Lou again shut the door.
Burrows was the setup man for the third goal scored by Taylor Pyatt’s quick wrist shot, on a pretty passing play from Ryan Johnson. The Canucks had a couple more chances to make it 4-0 on a Burrows play in front and Kesler from Demitra, as the first period ended with the SOG being 9 to 5 in favour of the home team.
One Canuck D, who stood out for all the wrong reasons, had a horrible night and I’m talking about Alex Edler. He seems to be back to his poor defensive play, and when he falls back on those weak stick checks, he gets beat, like a rented mule. Just to make sure you noticed him, he ended up taking 3 minor penalties, one in each period.
The second period saw the Avs fight back as the Canucks got into penalty trouble (3) and it cost them on a Ryan Smyth PP goal.
The game really got interesting when Darcy Tucker got credit for the 2nd goal, after Luongo kicked it into his net, after only 14 seconds had ticked off. Luongo just can’t seem to shake these bad goals. The Avs now smelling victory within their grasp, took it to the Canucks and were lucky not to have tied it up. Daniel Sedin, who has not scored in 10 games and Demitra, both had chances to put it away but no luck.
The Canucks PP at 18:47 clinched it, when Edler’s point shot deflected in off Av’s D, Scott Hannan, to make it 4-2. This was definitely not a physical game with 10 to 8 Hits, for the winners.
Their ninth straight home game win, pulled the ‘Nucks to within 2 points of Chicago and 5 of Division leaders, Calgary Flames. Either of these two teams could end up being the playoff opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler, Star’s numbers 1 & 2, continue to be the team’s most consistent players this season and there is no reason to see why that will not continue.
Next up is Dallas tomorrow night and we all know that these games are low scoring and usually decided by a goal.
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