Rome’s second goal of the season against the Kings had Canucks fans raving over the reliable blueliner last Thursday, but the fanfare wouldn’t last long after a questionable hit in Anaheim cost Rome and the Canucks.
Rome’s check on Devante Smith-Pelly sent the blueliner to the bench for five and a game after his hit rode up on the Ducks skater’s shoulder, but shouldn’t have earned a game misconduct under the circumstances.
Free of the Shanahammer, Rome returned to action in Vancouver’s next game with a goal in the opening two minutes against the Islanders.
With 3 goals, 2 assists and 21 penalty minutes through five games this season, Canucks fans are left to wonder: is there anything Aaron Rome can’t do?
In the Infirmary
While Aaron Rome’s return to the lineup has inspired Canucks fans, a rash of injuries down Vancouver’s depth chart have put a damper over Rome and his delightful duster.
Roberto Luongo suffered what appeared to be a groin injury in Sunday’s win over the Islanders and will remain out day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Luongo appeared to tweak his groin on the play, but was also struck directly in the mask with a puck off the stick of Mark Streit, which has led some to believe a concussion could be involved.
Andrew Ebbett will also be sidelined indefinitely after taking a puck to the skate against the Kings last week.
The Canucks have placed Ebbett on the long-term injured reserve, keeping him out of the lineup until at least December 6th.
Ebbett joins Steve Pinizzotto who was only declared out for the season earlier this week after undergoing another shoulder surgery.
Keith Ballard tweaked his back in Wednesday’s loss to the Blackhawks and will be re-evaluated by team doctors Thursday to determine the extent of the injury.
In The Community
Canucks Alumni to play Coquitlam Firefights in Charity Game – On December 2, 2011, the Canucks Alumni will face off against the Coquitlam Firefighters in a charity game for PoCoMo Youth Services and their award-wining mobile outreach program, Project Reach Out. Presented by Rhino Marketing, the game will take place at Coquitlam’s Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex.
Project REACH OUT is an innovative after-hours mobile youth outreach program in the Tri-Cities area providing support and services to street involved youth ages 12-18.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.pocomo.org, the Coquitlam Express Office (604-936-4625), or the PoCoMo Office (604-525-1888)