Feb.25 – Well it wasn’t as easy as the word implies (shellacked), but the Canuck’s sure got finished. Pretty easy to sum this game up, so this blog won’t take long. Hey this happens sometimes, on any given night you can run into a hot goaltender, Luongo has done it many times, just not recently. The comment is not to insinuate that Bobby Lou lost the game, far from it, …Jaroslav Halak was just better.
Although the Canucks threw everything at the Montreal Canadiens goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, outshot 34-17 (26-11 over the last 2 periods), out chanced them, had at least 10 quality scoring opportunities, 4 minute PP which turned into a 2 minute 5 on 3 (1st Turning Point of the Game), they could not beat the acrobatic puck stopper. Demitra with two, Sundin with one, Bieksa, Sedin’s, Burrows, and so on, all had their chances, but no finish, due to the “stand on your head”, goaltending.
Other differences, Special Teams, Hab’s with 1 PP goal (Canucks 25th in PK, has to change, been saying that all season), Canucks even though they had a 4 minute PP, no goals. Faceoffs – 63 to 37 (%) Canadiens, how many times did the “Nucks start the PP having to retrieve it from their end!
Disappointments: Magic (Wellwood), horrible giveaway which led directly to the Tomas Plekanec goal and 1-0 lead. The only thing “magic” about Wellwood, is the disappearance of his scoring. How can such a gifted talent, dry up? Alex Burrows, coming home to Montreal, takes himself right out of the game with a five minute major and game misconduct (2nd Turning Point of the Game), leads to a PP goal and 2-0 Montreal lead, undisciplined selfish penalty. Kesler line, all of it. How long will that line stay intacted if it does not start to produce?
Twenty one remaining games with Western Conference teams, 11 of those at home, every one scrapping for a playoff spot, we shall soon see, whether this 8W-2L run is for real.
The IceMan will speak with you tomorrow about “Topics that are Percolating”.
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