All They Do Is Win
The Vancouver Canucks would have been excused if they lost to the New Jersey Devils. One day removed from a win over Detroit that took every ounce of energy on reserve and delayed from reaching New Jersey until 3 am thanks to a Michigan blizzard, the components of a loss were in place.
This, however, is still a Vancouver Canucks team that absolutely will not lose. It wasn’t pretty, but the Canucks escaped New Jersey with two points.
Let’s dive into the Love ‘Em/Hate ‘Em for the Canucks vs. Devils game.
The secret weapon for the Vancouver Canucks was Cory Schneider, relatively rested and making his first career start against the legend Martin Brodeur.
Schneider’s rebound control was excellent all game, forcing the Devils to watch offensive pressure die in Schneider’s arms.
With Brodeur’s retirement imminent, New Jersey has long been a rumoured destination for Schneider, and after the type of performance he just turned in, it’s hard to imagine the Devils not being interested.
2. 1st Place Problems
With the win, the Vancouver Canucks leapfrog Detroit into first place in both the Western Conference and the entire league, although the New York Rangers are lurking with games in hand.
It’s the culmination of the refuse to lose attitude that has defined the team in 2012. Sure, the wins are ugly but you would rather be talking about close losses?
The great teams find ways to collect points against all odds, and the Vancouver Canucks are living that right now.
3. Unlikely Scorers
Aaron Rome opened the scoring by popping home a rebound because somehow he roamed (romed?) all the way down to the side of the net because he fancies himself to be Kevin Bieksa or something.
Weird, but I’ll allow it since it seemed to work.
It was Rome’s first goal since his hot streak back in November and also gave people a chance to point that in the last ten games Rome had more goals than Mason Raymond……until Raymond scored the game-winner.
Who’s next? Andrew Alberts?
1. Bernier After Reading
Somehow, Steve Bernier is on the New Jersey Devils even though I was pretty sure he didn’t exist anymore.
The once promising power forward is in the Marco Sturm category of Mike Gillis acquisitions and Bernier was up to his usual ineffective tricks Friday night.
Bernier, who is the correct no answer to the question “can anyone play with the Sedins?”, was of course shipped out as part of the package for Keith Ballard, who is essentially Bernier the defenceman.
2. Clarkson kick-in
I’m not entirely sure how David Clarkson’s goal counts after Manny Malhotra was denied recently for scoring the exact same goal, but then again I’m searching for consistency in NHL decisions.
I should know better.
3. Edler Ain’t Right
Alex Edler moved over the right side to cover the absence of Sami Salo, given a rest day, and the rest were hilarious only because the Canucks won. Like a lefty trying to anything with their right hand, it just wasn’t working for poor Edler.
It may have been an experiment to see if he could play the side in a pinch, otherwise the logical move would have been to pair him with the righty Chris Tanev.
It also proves that for the talk about Steve Ott and other forwards, a defencemen should still be the top priority or this blueline is still let’s say a Dan Hamhuis injury and an Aaron Rome suspension away from falling apart.