Leaves A Sting…
The song remains the same.
A Canucks game in Minnesota is always on par with the entertainment level of watching your most embarrassing life moments for three hours and this was no different.
Oh sure, Hamhuis may have teased us with that opening goal but like death and taxes a loss was a guaranteed certainity here.
A first round match-up against the Wild should just be forfeited on principle.
1. Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin became the third pair of brothers to play 800 games with one team, joining Bobby and Dennis Hull and Maurice and Henri Richard. That’s cool but O Brothers Where Art Thou?
2. Cory Schneider made a beautiful toe save off Jared Spurgeon in what was the highlight of his night before proving that Minnesota is a place where Canuck goaltenders inexplicably go to die regardless of Mediterrean heritage.
3. umm uhhh….nobody got hurt? it could have been worse? tomorrow’s another game? work with me here people.
1. With just over four minutes played in the second, the Canucks held a 1-0 lead. 21 seconds later, it was 2-1 Minnesota and the Wild never looked back. Latendresse left Bieksa and Hamhuis sprawling to roof a backhander home and tie the game.
The next shift, the next shift, Pierre-Marc Bouchard was wide open to blast a wristshot over a sprawling Alberts. Game over, man.
2. It’s obvious the wheels fell off here but lets show you just how far down the team went. Bieksa called it one of the worst performances he’s seen as a Canuck, and he’s probably not that far off. Manny Malhotra was a -4.
The Wild’s 45 shots were a franchise record on home ice. Schneider had two shutouts against the Wild last year but that stat was as little use to the Canucks tonight as Josh Harding’s 4.37 GAA and .843 Save Pct in his last three games against the Canucks.
If this how the Canucks play with Sami Salo out of the line-up, an injury to the blueliner (which given his history is not entirely out of the question) could be a disaster for this club.
3. One step forward, two steps back. Or two steps forward, one step back.
Either way, everytime the Canucks seem to be turning the corner this year they follow it up with an absolute stinker. The Canucks have proven in the past that when the system breaks down, things get ugly. Unfortunately, these breakdown games are starting to come more frequently.
It remains to be seen if Edmonton is for real, but theirs and Colorado’s starts are making the Northwest less of a lock than it has been in recent years.
This squad with a chip on their shoulder and a rested Luongo could be dangerous tomorrow in St Louis.
Let’s hope they are so we can forget about this Canucks loss as quickly as possible.