After three agonizing days off, the Canucks finally got back to action Sunday night with yet another opportunity to turn this season around.
The Canucks took the two points but the effort was far from convincing ahead of a three game road trip.
was on top of his game tonight making a number of huge saves, most notably in overtime off Erik Condra and in third on Milan Michalek.
It’s unclear how much longer Roberto Luongo will be out but Schneider has made the most of his opportunity.
The genius of the David Booth lied in the fact that no major tradeable assets, including Schneider, were moved, setting the stage for further action at the deadline.
2. Ryan Kesler
He didn’t score tonight but Ryan Kesler had a number of fantastic chances that made it seem that his play is finally turning the corner.
He would have had one tonight if Auld didn’t make an absolutely marvelous glove save shorthanded in the second.
When he takes off, the rest of the Canucks will follow.
1. Alex Auld
Full credit to Alex Auld who made a number of key saves, but the Vancouver Canucks lacked a killer offensive instinct in this game.
Coming off the loss to the Hawks and playing a less than stellar team in the last game of a homestand, this was one was ripe for a feel good win. Instead the Canucks held on by the seat of their pants and merely granted themselves a stay.
Andrew Alberts was lucky not to get a major for his first period hit on Kasper Daugavins.
The hit was textbook to the numbers and could have torpedoed this game in much the same way Aaron Rome’s hit did earlier this month against Anaheim.
Luckily, the Canucks dodged the bullet and hopefully Alberts doesn’t take a chance like this again for a while.
3. Kevin Bieksa
Kevin Bieksa had another one of his trademark strange games. His idiot savant style led to a few lazy penalties and some head-scratching pinches including one that had him on his knees to keep a puck in the zone.
One shouldn’t be surprised, he’s built his career on his high risk/high reward play but it still doesn’t keep me from shouting at my TV.