Vancouver Canucks vs. N.Y. Islanders Blog: Love em & Hate em

Take that Mike Bossy!

It was business as usual for the Vancouver Canucks back at home against the Isles. After spending close to a week in Southern California, the Canucks kicked off a leisurely homestand of three games in eight days by leisurely picking apart the struggling fishsticks.


Also of note: not a single penalty for the Vancouver Canucks, the first time they’ve pulled that off since 2009.

Love Em

1. Aaron Rome.

On pace for a cool 51 goals this year, Rome kicked this game off by cruising the slot and banging home a David Booth rebound.

He’d collect two assists as well, cementing his spot as the heir to Christian Ehrhoff. Currently averaging more points than any other defenceman in the league, Rome has provided the perfect distraction for the Canucks inconsistencies.

Take a bow Aaron, but please tuck your elbows in when you do it.

2. This Cody Hodgson kid is good.

He picked up a secondary assist on the Rome goal, had a beautiful chance on a 2-on-1 when he deferred to Ryan Kesler, and played Johnny on the Spot for a second period powerplay goal.

Hodgson is improving game-by-game and his intelligence and positioning is making him standout.

With the dark times finally behind him, he’s surely played his final game of his AHL career. Can’t wait to see this kid’s career.

3. It was Roberto Luongo‘s 200th career win Sunday night and the keeper earned it in style.

Yes, the Isles aren’t exactly an offensive juggernaut but Luongo robbed Michael Grabner with a nifty glove save before literally using his head to deny Mark Streit.

It may have forced Cory Schneider to stretch it out just in case, but also aided Luongo in completing just his fifth game this year where he held the opposition to two or fewer goals.

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Islander vs. Canucks: Love em & Hate em

Hate Em

1. Finding three things to hate in this game was tough, but let’s start with sympathy for the Isles.

Jack Capuano decided to pull Nabokov with three and a half minutes remaining in an effort to…..allow fans an excuse to beat traffic? It went as well as you would have predicted.

David Booth thanked god and sealed the deal with an empty-netter almost immediately. Capuano had some choice words for his team after the game, continuing the recent cursing trend of the NHL, but he certainly didn’t help matters with his late game tactical decision.

That gamble may have worked in the AHL, but up here the players have a bit easier time hitting an empty net.

2. I have a personal beef with this game.

Whether through bathroom breaks, phone calls, or the need to attend to the kitchen, I managed to see exactly one goal live and it was the empty netter.

Last game, I saw the second period meltdown live but had to miss the third period comeback.

Against the Hawks a missed a few goals in the same manner as last night.

Two things: First, I need to chain myself to my TV and second, I need to get distracted more often apparently if the Canucks want to win.

3. Finally, a win is a win of course of course but the Canucks still sit 10th this morning and depending on Aaron Rome for wins is a dangerous game.

Like Eagle Eye Cherry, we need to save last night for tomorrow he may be gone.

He’s Bill Murray, we’re Scarlett Johanson and we need to be strong enough to face the world on our own without his guiding comfortable hand.

So drink this morning (actually uh maybe don’t do that) for we have much work left to do.

For instance, there’s this game against some team called the Chicago Blackhawks coming up on Wednesday. Have you heard of them? Are they any good?     

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