Bad start on the road, the playoffs cometh…
The Vancouver Canucks couldn’t get their offence going Monday in Minnesota, managing 33 shots into the equipment of Josh Harding to earn his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win.
Burrows was too busy defending his linemates from the Wild to help them on the score sheet.
The Hat Trick
Erik Christensen made the most of a late first period power play, putting the puck over the shoulder of Cory Schneider to open the scoring with only seconds to go in the opening frame Monday.
Christensen played just under twelve minutes of ice time Monday in Minnesota but did more with that time that any Canuck managed over the entire night.
Bieksa beat down Veilleux before and after a proper jersey-job than ended up with the forward flailing behind his Wild uniform. Despite the obvious win with his fists, Bieksa and the Canucks couldn’t kill the extra penalty given to Burrows during the scrum, resulting in the Wild’s game-winning goal.
Brodziak Buries It
Kyle Brodziak put the final nail in the Canucks’ coffin on Monday, making good on an empty netter from his own end as Vancouver pushed to tie the game late with Cory Schneider on the bench.
The Sedins failed to make the most of their time with extra man on Monday, and struggled to generate a simple cycle during a desperate final few minutes.
The Minnesota Wild soundly beat the Canucks on Monday, which may be acceptable in September but certainly isn’t good news this late into March.
The Sedins were soft, Ryan Kesler played recklessly and Alex Burrows was undisciplined. The optimist inside says the Canucks were just caught looking ahead to Wednesday’s big playoff preview versus the Blackhawks, but the realist is having trouble getting golf clubs out of his head.
The Canucks have two weeks to get their game back on track before the rough reality of the Stanley Cup Playoffs sets in.
“Schneider did a great job of keeping us in the game and making some big stops, but offensively we just didn’t have it tonight.” Kevin Bieksa summed up a sour night for the Canucks.
1st. Josh Harding – SAVE PCTG: 1.000
2nd. Kyle Brodziak – GOALS: 1| PTS: 2| ASST: 1 SOG: 3| PLUS/MINUS: 1
3rd. Erik Christensen – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 3| PLUS/MINUS: 0
Minnesota 2, Vancouver 0
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, March 19, 2012
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Dan O’Halloran, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Bryan Pancich