Gettin ‘er Done!
This week, our first two Canucks stars were no-brainers. The third however, was a little tougher to decide on.
Without further ado:
First Star – David Booth
This was easy. With a goal in all three games this week, nine shots on net, a +2 rating and more than 15 minutes of ice time per game, David Booth is our first star of the week. In fact, he’s got six points in February and has been fantastic since his return.
Until this past month, we hadn’t really seen enough of Booth to decide if he really would be a big factor. Was he the missing piece the Canucks lacked last year?
He certainly makes that second line a lot tougher, and gives the Canucks an extra dimension on offense.
Can he stay healthy? Hard to say.
But if he can, the Canucks can balance their minutes and save legs so there are no injury problems in the Finals this year.
Second Star – Roberto Luongo
Another solid week for Bobby Lu. Like I said last week, he’s playing well right now but mostly staying below the radar.
He was strong in the loss to Calgary, he made a big save on Iginla near the end of the game and was solid throughout.
Against Colorado he took care of business and made sure the Avalanche had no openings to make the game close, despite a mostly sputtering Canucks offense in the first two periods.
Against Phoenix he let in a weakish goal in the last four minutes, but made 23 saves throughout the game and was definitely strong.
He may not be putting on a show like last year, but Bobby Lu is anchoring one of the best teams in the NHL, and if he can keep it up than they can definitely win a Cup with him between the pipes.
Third Star – Dan Hamhuis
Not a lot to say about the play of Dan Hamhuis besides the fact that he isn’t making many mistakes.
A nice assist to Booth in the game against Calgary, but more importantly he held his position well, limiting the oppositions forwards and making sure that Roberto Luongo didn’t have to face too many tough shots.
The Canucks would be in GREAT shape if they could grab a star defenceman at the deadline, but barring that they need more weeks like this from Hamhuis and the rest of the defence corp.
Goal of the week
Introducing your first star and recent Canucks breakout, David Booth!
Nice falling backhand. Bang Bang Bang Bang, Vamanos Vamanos!