Nice W Boys!
After dropping two ugly contests in 48 hours the Canucks limped into Chicago Sunday with low expectations. The Hawks had been flying to start the year while the Canucks would be without the services of Sami Salo and Alex Burrows.
Fortunately, the Hawks were missing a big piece in Duncan Keith and he turned out to be a key absence.
1. After Roberto Luongo let in one of the stranger goals he’s allowed lately (which is no easy feat), it looked like deja vu all over again. The Canucks had carried the play but now found themselves tied with minutes left in the first. Yet Luongo flipped the script and shut the door the rest of the game.
He only allowed one more past him that was followed up 43 seconds later by a Jannik Hansen tally. His best save came in the dying seconds of the 2nd period off Nick Leddy.
2. Big game for the Sedins, especially Henrik who drew a couple of penalties with the age-old snowshower trick. Henrik was also front and centre in the Canucks most dangerous weapon in the game, collecting three of his four points on the powerplay.
The Canucks scored four goals on the powerplay, one short of a franchise record.
3. Aaron Rome played his first game of the year and scored his first of the year as well. On the powerplay no less. He had an empty net goal last year for his only tally so enjoy this one Aaron because it could be a while till the next one.
1. He redeemed himself somewhat by pummeling Jamal Mayers at the end of the second, but Kevin Bieksa played another absolutely brutal game.
His lowlight was easily a baffling turnover to Hossa at his own blueline near the start of the first that nearly led to the first goal of the game.
Bieksa inherited the title of highest gross paid Canuck this year at $7 million from Roberto Luongo and it may not be too long before he re-inherits his well-worn crown of the blueline whipping boy.
2. David Booth finally got the monkey off his back with his first as a Canuck and his first this year to open the scoring in the first. Still, he did somehow manage to finish a -2 in this game. The goal is a big one for Booth, but he along with Kesler need to get it going some time soon.
3. Finally, there’s the need to temper enthusiasm after this game. Like the games against Nashville and Washington, this could be a turning point or it could be an outlier.
The Canucks will get another pair of back-to-back games this weekend in Southern California, and it’s imperative for the Canucks to build on this win and take some points out of these upcoming games.