The Let-Down Game!
The Vancouver Canucks were overcome by a big game in Boston over the weekend and failed to refocus in Florida, dropping two points to the Panthers in a 2-1 loss.
Marcel Goc found a loose puck on the power play and flipped it past Roberto Luongo for the game-winner as the road goaltender rolled around in an apparent attempt to find a second period rebound.
The Hat Trick
I – Weise Working
Dale Weise took advantage of first period ice time in Florida to tap-in his third of the season and came close on another opportunity in tight opposite Scott Clemmensen to test the Panthers early on Monday.
Weise was one of Vancouver’s busiest forwards in the opening period before the entire team shut down their offensive production for the second.
II – Sour Second
Second periods have not been kind to the Vancouver Canucks this season. The Panthers took advantage of sloppy play and lack-lustre offence to put up two goals against Vancouver’s two shots in the middle frame on Monday.
Dmitry Kulikov’s fourth of the season ripped past Luongo before Marcel Goc ruined Roberto’s return to Florida with a power play marker later in the period.
III – Clemmensen Closes Door
After allowing a weak goal from Dale Weise to start the hockey game Scott Clemmensen settled into his crease to stop the Canucks the rest of the way in Monday’s win.
Clemmensen stopped 22 of 23 shots in the victory but was barely tested by the traditional tandem of Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
The twins managed only two shots between them in a rare irrelevant game against the Panthers, appearing burnt-out after wrestling for revenge in Boston.
Monday’s loss was a predictable let-down for the Canucks after an epic win over the Bruins this weekend.
The buzz of Brad Marchand’s five-game suspension for clipping Sami Salo in Saturday’s physical affair had barely settled by puck drop against the Panthers and could be partially to blame for the lack-lustre loss.
In the midst of rough road trip the Canucks continue their Eastern swing Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
While the team will be tired, the Canucks can be expected to continue their road trip with a better effort in Tampa.
“First shot of the game for the Vancouver Canucks and it’s 1-0 Vancouver on Dale Weise’ 3rd of the year.”
It was all downhill from there.
1st. Scott Clemmensen – SAVE PCTG: 0.962
2nd. Marcel Goc – GOALS: 1| PTS: 2| ASST: 1 SOG: 3| PLUS/MINUS: 1
3rd. Dmitry Kulikov – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 3| PLUS/MINUS: 1
BOXSCORE | Q’s POST GAME RECAP
Florida 2, Vancouver 1
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, January 9, 2012
Where: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Paul Devorski
Linesmen: Pierre Racicot, Don Henderson