St. Louis Is Lucky
Less than a week removed from what was supposed to be a turning point win over the Capitals, the Canucks turned in two horrendous efforts in 48 hours to leave four points on the table and sit fourth in the Northwest.
Just when you thought it was safe to relax, it turns out the defensive lapses are calling from inside the house.
1. David Booth‘s third period fight was as unexpected as it was welcome. Booth, clearly frustrated with his slow start as a Canuck, went all-in with Scott Nichol in an entertaining tilt that also made you cringe when you remembered Booth’s concussion history. Booth emerged unharmed but unfortunately the team failed to rally behind him and find the tying goal.
2. It was unfortunately mitigated by his Olympian linemate David Backes, but Ryan Kesler‘s powerplay goal a couple dozen seconds into the third was a big goal not just for the team but for Kesler as well who has looked somewhat ineffective since returning from injury. He still relies on his Ovechkin-lite wrister off the rush too often (and frankly, Phil Kessel’s doing it better right now) but seeing the league’s top powerplay last year re-connect like that was nice.
3. Finally, watch below Cody Hodgson‘s pre-game ritual.
With regular Sedin Plan B Mikael Samuelsson now in Florida, it should be interesting to see which forward AV promotes to the top line.
2. With all the talk about Alex Steen being a Canuck-killer, everyone quietly forgot about the other Canuck-killer, TJ Oshie. He’s scored more of his goals against the Canucks than any other club. His two goals last night was just the second two goal game of his career. Perhaps you remember this?
3. It’s hard to fault Vigneault for a dramatic line-up re-shuffling following the loss to the Wild, but I’ll do it anyway. Certainly, Burrows’ absence didn’t help the live chemistry experiment.
Hansen played with the Sedins while Lapierre centred Booth and Hodgson in two of the more headscratching moves while Andrew Ebbett drew back into the line-up and reminded many he was still technically on the roster.
Needless to say, the roll of the dice came up snake eyes. Ebbett continues to play on borrowed time while half of the Canucks goal scorers this game left injured.
There’s this game on Sunday against some team in Chicago, and a less than favourable result there (i.e. a win) could really start to make AV and the Canucks look over his shoulder in fear of seeing the handsome Mac-T take over.