Bronx Cheers In 3rd Period
The Vancouver Canucks carried forty minutes of play following a powerful and emotional tribute to late teammate Rick Rypien Tuesday but failed to focus in the third, falling 4-0 to the visiting New York Rangers at Rogers Arena.
The classy tribute to Rypien’s memory set the stage for a sombre affair Tuesday.
Lundvist wasn’t exactly standing on his head opposite Luongo on Tuesday, although many fans would tell you otherwise.
The home goaltender heard a hefty Bronx cheer from the Rogers Arena “faithful” remaining in attendance during the third period after Luongo allowed three third period goals, none of which were especially regrettable.
Like in last year’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Roberto Luongo will take far more than his fair share of blame for another shutout loss despite a lack of production from his own team.
Given the amount of criticism thrown towards the Canucks’ crease Tuesday one would expect #1 to take to the power play Thursday against the Predators.
The home team managed a hefty number of shots on King Henrik but were unable to rattle the throne with any of the 40 generated over the course of the game which featured eight power play opportunities for the Canucks. While Luongo was able to keep up with the King for two periods, the wheels came off the wagon in the third, allowing four goals on only ten shots, spelling disaster for the home team.
Did You Notice?
Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa wasn’t about to leave the ice without giving fans something to cheer about before leaving Rogers Arena.
Late in the third period Bieksa fought Brandon Dubinsky in a rare display of emotion following the heavy pre-game ceremony Tuesday. Fitting Bieksa should fight till the end on a night honouring a friend and teammate who did the same.
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Chris Rooney, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Derek Nansen