Nice Win Boys!
The stars came out to play on the Hockey Night in Canada stage Saturday as the Vancouver Canucks overcame two Alexander Ovechkin goals to defeat the NHL’s top team in a 7-4 victory.
Fans at Rogers Arena received more than their money’s worth in a Saturday night shootout that took a toll on the save percentage of all three goaltenders involved.
Despite his hot start to the season Tomas Vokoun was chased from the Capitals crease after allowing three goals on seventeen shots through one period of play.
Vokoun’s replacement Michael Neuvirth and winning goaltender Roberto Luongo both posted sub-.900 numbers in Saturday’s game on a night when the shooters had their way, scoring from all areas of the ice.
Thanks to the teachings of Kevin Weekes, Canucks fans especially appreciated Maxim Lapierre’s opening goal of the game after he stole the puck from Vokoun behind the Capitals’ net and banked it in off the Czech goaltender.
Despite allowing four goals against, Roberto Luongo had a strong game from the Canucks crease including a big save on Alex Ovechkin late in the third period.
Luongo managed to snag a hot rebound off the superstar’s stick and showed a little flair while he was at it, earning a deserved ovation from the hometown crowd.
Give Alain Vigneault credit for sticking with his starter and building some confidence in Luongo while one of the league’s hottest goaltenders hung out to dry on the visiting bench.
The Canucks will continue to thrive with so many separate sources of offence on the score sheet. “It’s so important for a team to get scoring by committee,” Alain Vigneault stressed to the media postgame.
With the ability to jump in the rush and help out offensively Edler and the Canucks’ blueline adds another dynamic to an already pungent offence, one that proved Saturday it can run and gun with the best in the league.