Minnesota takes out Van 3-2 in shootout
The Minnesota Wild successfully lulled TV viewers, their silent fans and even the Canucks into a dull game on Tuesday and the sleepy style of play worked.
Harkening back to the Alain Vigneault days of the Canucks sitting on one goal leads, Vancouver fell asleep in the third period and allowed Minnesota to hang around.
The Wild tied the game up on a weak goal by Charlie Coyle that Roberto Luongo would have liked to have back and then won in the shootout. Ho hum.
The turning point was probably the play of Josh Harding, who kept Minnesota in the game and more specificially his big save on a Daniel Sedin breakaway that could have buried the game.
Losing the game might become secondary as the biggest loss could be an injury to Ryan Stanton. The free agent acquisition from Chicago has been one of the nicest surprises for the Canucks this year and it looked like he jammed his ankle on an awkward collision with Zenon Konopka.
Bad break for Stanton and the Canucks but it was just a weird play on a dump on – if Konopka wanted to he could have really destroyed Stanton.
To be honest, the Canucks really didn’t deserve to lose this one as for the majority of the game they were the better team.
But the lack of a killer instinct cost them and here are a few players that weren’t at their best in Minnesota.
That second goal was a backbreaker and one that just shouldn’t make its way to the back of the net. Luongo wasn’t really tested for most of the game but was clearly outplayed by Harding, he was also saved by at bunch of goal posts.
He played well in overtime but still Harding was the better goalie on this night.
Another game, another pathetic attempt at a fight by the Dutch Gretzky. I honestly don’t know why he bothers. As usual, he blocked several of Konopka’s punches with his face and held on for dear life.
Aside from that one extended attempt at a hug, Weise literally did nothing in the five minutes and 41 seconds he was on the ice for.
The Canucks should either look into getting a real fighter or get a guy who can actually play because Weise can do neither.
This shootout loss should go squarely on his shoulders. I have no idea why he keeps going back to Chris Higgins, who looked like he was on a leisurely skate at the rink on his attempt. Kesler has also had a bad year in circus time. Why not give Kassian or a guy with confidence like David Booth? Hell, why not work with Dalpe so he can actually provide something?
These were bad choices and cost the Canucks a point.
Vancouver still managed a point in this snoozer and that’s really all that matters. They played well enough to win and a timely save by Luongo and we’re talking about the winning streak extended another game.
The road trip continues in the Lonestar State when Vancouver takes on the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
Face off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m on Sportsnet Pacific.