Love ‘Em & Hate ‘Em
It wasn’t pretty, but it was two points. Also, Ballard played really well!
1. Keith the winger
No seriously, he did. Free of the pressure of defending that pesky net, Ballard had some fun playing up front and parking himself in front of the net. He was even out defending the lead with some three minutes left.
Maybe he’s been a forward all along.
2. Jordan on the spot
Speaking of good games, Jordan Schroeder had a game that included a goal and another nifty move in the third that could have been the highlight of the night.
When Schroeder gains more confidence and the game slows down for him, look out.
Yet, there he was with the puck in the slot, once again, and, once again, he made no mistake.
1. Smith Smash I
The drama started when Michael Stone pushed Daniel Sedin into Mike Smith, who reflexively stuck his glove up to protect himself. Unfortunately, it also became an immovable object for Daniel’s head, cutting him open.
Meanwhile Mike Smith went down like he was Ryan Miller and Daniel was Milan Lucic, only to pop up like he was Mike Riberio.
It created same bad blood in the game and led to..
2. Smith Smash II
The most emotion I’ve seen Alex Edler show in a long time. The blueliner, perhaps thinking he was playing forward also, came behind the Coyote net to challenge for a puck that Smith had come out to play.
Edler went right through him.
Smith again went down but seemed to be fine until he didn’t return for the third.
Edler has a hearing about the incident today at a time when the Canucks need bodies for tomorrow’s game.
3. THE POWERPLAY
It’s looking brutal. The breakouts are rarely successful, and the whole thing is crying out for Ryan Kesler. It’s amazing how far the powerplay has fallen compared to previous incarnations.
Fix it, and it goes a long way towards fixing the Canucks.