Rest Of The Team TBA
Roberto Luongo is set start again in Game 2 and coach Alain Vigneault said today that Schneider may not make the trip to San Jose for Game 3.
This is the right move to make as they have every reason to be confident in Luongo’s play right now and they don’t want Schneider to risk further injury. And while Joe Cannata is a promising prospect, he should be nothing more than a security blanket in the playoffs.
Luongo was lights out in Game 1 for two periods, only allowing one goal and made what could turn out to be the best save of the playoffs in the first five minutes.
However, two goals in third period by the Sharks clinched it for San Jose as they won 3-1. And those goals were more or less caused by his own team than their opponents.
The only goal the Canucks had was propelled in accidentally by Shark forward Raffi Torres.
Daniel Sedin had two golden opportunities that he hesitated on, several players missed the net or hit the post, and Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stymied everything else. With all these opportunities adding up to no results, the Sharks took control of the game.
Discipline was a key problem in Game 1 as well. Dale Weise and Zack Kassian both cost their team by punching Shark players in the head. Kassian’s penalty resulted in Logan Couture tying the game on the power play for the Sharks.
These players, and the rest of the team, need to play within themselves and avoid the dumb penalties if they want any chance at winning this series.
Overall, the Canucks were nervous in Game 1. Yeah they threw the body around in the first two periods, but when you’re hitting that much, it means you probably don’t have the puck all that often.
Face-offs were terrible, a common theme this year, and the Canucks had no edge in their game at all in the third period, another common theme.
All this team needs right now is confidence. Confidence that you can score that clutch goal, win that key face-off or make that important defensive play. They need to gamble more often on their opportunities and take some risks.
And odds are, if those risks don’t pan out, you can bet #1 will bail you out at the other end.