Hey everyone, hope you were able to tune into the Canucks win tonight over the Minnesota Wild tonight. I was able to catch most of it, so I'll do my best to fill in the details on what I can. Huh...this kind of feels like high school again. Notes in point form, or on a napkin from the cafeteria and copying off of someone. Unfortunately for me, there's no Russian fella named Peter to copy off of. Anyways, lets get at it!
The First Period
Proving to everyone that he doesn't hate young centers, coach Alain Vigneault started the hometown boy, the pride (well, probably the pride) of Prior Lake, Minnesota, Jordan Schroeder. The Canucks didn't register a shot for the first 3:19 of the first; they actually got their first power play before they registered their first shot. Surprising no one, the Canucks weren't able to score with the man advantage. Dale Weise had his first of two fights against Zenon Konopka tonight. I didn't catch the second one, but for what was seemingly a fighting mismatch, Weise held his own. Split decision.
Though there was something to cheer about as they scored just under four minutes after their first power play ended. Daniel Sedin broke a six game goalless drought when he put home a juicy rebound from an Alex Burrows shot. Chris Higgins would add his first of the season, so clearly he read the last game review I did where I may have said "get it together, baby". Clearly he did. Higgins had an all around good game tonight I thought, punctuated with his first goal of the season. The period ends with the Canucks out shooting the Wild 9-3, with a 2-0 lead.
The Second Period
Thought he Wild out shot the Canucks in the second by a 12-7 margin, they still did sweet fuck all. The Canucks were able to add two goals late in the period, the first from Mason Raymond on the fucking POWER PLAY. YEAH! Oh...sorry. Little excitement there. Remember when they got power plays and it was like, "Oh? Power play? I'm gonna go piss and they'll have scored by then". Yeah, me too. Either way, the Canucks were able to capitalize with the man advantage.
The Canucks up 3-0 at that point had cleared the dreaded 2-0 lead. They added to that lead just 1:35 later when a Mason Raymond aerial connected with Jannik Hansen. Probably one of the prettiest plays of the season so far, and Hansen made no mistake, he rifled it home on the breakaway.
The Canucks were able to kill off kill off both Dale Weise and Henrik Sedin's penalties in the second, headed to the intermission up 4-0. If the Wild were able to come back from that, there would literally be no safe lead. "Oh, no! The dreaded four goal lead" - I can hear it now.
The Third Period
Nicklas Backstrom was pulled in favor of Josh Harding, who fared much better, stopping all 8 shots he faced in the period. The Canucks did have two more chances with the man advantage in the third but were unable to finish on some decent chances. They would finish the night 1/6 while going 2 for the last 29. Uh, glass with a little bit of water in it? Maybe a sip of water?
The Canucks however weren't perfect on their PK tonight. Ex-Edmonton Oiler and creepy looking fucker, Tom Gilbert wired a pass into an open net against Cory Schneider, ruining the chance for his second shutout of the season. The Canucks out shot the Wild 8-6 in the third on their way to their fourth straight win.
All in all, I thought it was a good game. It was nice to see Mason Raymond get a couple of points, Daniel score his first in what felt like forever, and to see Chris Higgins get back into it. Next up, the Calgary
Motherfuckers Flames at home on Saturday.
Thanks for reading.