Payback is a…
After the embarrassing loss to the Edmonton Oilers Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks paid swift revenge last night by serving up the Oilers a 4-0 loss of their own.
Far from the performance that was served in the previous two games, the Canucks looked energized and ready to get back on track to maintaining their Northwest Division title.
The Oilers, meanwhile, came crashing back down to Earth after tasting eight place for a few days.
Cory Schneider‘s fourth shutout of the season wasn’t terribly busy, but he did manage to shut down a team that put up eight goals on the Calgary Flames the night before. After shaking off the rust to start the year, Schneider is on a warpath of dominance that’s proving why the Canucks chose him over Luongo.
I for one welcome our new goaltending overload.
It came with seconds left with a 3-0 lead, but Zack Kassian‘s first goal since January was a welcome sight indeed. After a quick conditioning stint in Chicago following his back injury, the beast is back and none too soon.
3. Our boy Roy
Derek Roy had jump in his Canucks debut, looking dangerous all night long and picking up an assist on Chris Higgins‘ goal. When Ryan Kesler returns next week, this forward corps looks very dangerous indeed.
Despite Kevin Bieksa‘s 5-on-2 goal, the powerplay once again looked ineffective and once again looked like the talking point people will blame when the Canucks potentially burn out early in the playoffs.
Anyone want to step up and save the powerplay?
2. Barker & Alberts
As great as the forwards look, the Canucks are still an injury away from pressing Andrew Alberts and Cam Barker into prominent roles in the stretch drive. Barker was even on waivers earlier this week.
Could the lack of a defensive depth deadline deal ultimately be the death of the 2013 season?
3. What exactly was Bure doing?
When news broke that Pavel Bure was holding a press conference at Rogers Arena yesterday morning, speculation was that the Canucks were finally retiring the Hall of Famer’s number. Instead, he announced his involvement in the Canucks for Kids telethon and that he was hanging with the Aquilini’s tonight.
Much ado about nothing, even if it’s nice to see Bure back in the fold.