ICYMI…#Canucks vs. Sharks: New Boss, same as the Old Boss

Love’ Em & Hate ‘Em

Well, that felt familiar.

The San Jose Sharks continued their dominance of the Canucks, and turned what was a tight game into a gimme with two successive third period goals.

It’s only game one, but it sure felt like game 83.

Love ‘Em

1. Luongo

He was sharp throughout, and can’t be blamed for the defensive lapses in front of him. Roberto was in fine form with the eyes of a city on him.

A couple more performances like that, and everyone will start to forget about Cory Schneider.

2. PK Sedins

All summer we asked how the Sedins would fare killing penalties.

Turns out pretty well.

The twins looked great in their defensive debuts.

You just have to wonder if this is the year Henrik’s ironman streak ends.

Tortorella is insisting that the team hasn't fully adapted his system

Tortorella is insisting that the team hasn’t fully adapted his system

3. Garrison’s rocket

Vigneault and company refused to use Jason Garrison on the first unit power play last year, and this year it took one opportunity for Garrison to use that shot.

This could be an effective in-house remedy for the powerplay.

Hate ‘Em

1. Sloppy sloppy sloppy

John Tortorella is insisting that the team hasn’t fully adapted his system, and it showed last night with a team that seemed to be hesitant on the play.

They’ll have it down to muscle memory soon, but a poor start is only going to add fuel to the fire in the fanbase.

2. Penalties penalties penalties

Great job on the PK and all, but you simply can’t take that many penalties and expect to win. Your best case scenario is creating a large chunk of the game where you’re not generating offense.

Perhaps this is a product of learning the new system, but it, like the turnovers, has to disappear fast.

3. Sharks. I hate these guys.

Even before their dominance of all things Canucks in 2013, the Sharks have been a tough win for about a decade. With the exception of the Presidents’ Trophy years, a road game in San Jose was a guaranteed loss.

Now that they’re in the same division, this team could soon eclipse the Blackhawks as the Canucks’ most bitter rival.

Especially now that the first round of the playoffs is inter-division.


Sharks C Joe Pavelski led all players with six shots on goal. LW Matt Nieto and D Marc-Edouard Vlasic were the only players for San Jose without a shot.

D Ryan Stanton made his debut with the Canucks after being claimed off waivers from Chicago on Monday, receiving 9:29 of ice time while registering a minus-1 rating. 

Sharks C Tomas Hertl made his NHL debut and registered an assist on Burns’ goal.

3 Stars

  1. Couture
  2. Wingels
  3. Hertl


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