That's a lot more like it. This is how the Canucks have to play in order to be successful. I know many people love that run and gun exciting hockey and tonight's defensive effort from the Canucks may have kept the GM Place crowd mostly quiet, but they still won. This is the style that Alain Vigneault wants them to play. You know it's good when they not only outshoot the opposition 39-18, but they also limit the higher quality chances against. Roberto Luongo had an easy night. Niklas Backstrom however, did not. He tried heroically to keep the Wild in it but Vancouver was too much for him to handle on his own.
Although Mason Raymond didn't factor in on the scoresheet, I thought that was the best game I've seen him play in the NHL. He played like a man possessed. I love it when he shows no fear and drives to the net like that. He played over 17:00 tonight and had 6 shots. Ryan Kesler led the team with 8 SOG.
Kyle Wellwood must have eaten the right kind of wheaties after the first period, because he got better as the game went on, and had his best game of the season.
I thought he clicked well with Alexandre Bolduc. I thought Bolduc looked better out there than Tanner Glass did in recent games. Bolduc may as well stay on the roster.
I get the feeling that all Michael Grabner needs to do is pot just one goal and his confidence will soar. There is a lot of pressure on him right now. He played just over 14:00, had 3 shots, and still missed the net several times. I think he is on the verge. Alain Vigneault is liking his play. I'm loving Line 2 right now. So much speed there.
Thank you Mikael Samuelsson for scoring the winning goal. Gotta admire how this guy loves to shoot the puck.
I hate to say this, but Steve Bernier has hands of stone, and I really wonder if he ever will score at a consistent level.
The Canucks finally did something that they had not done all season which was play that whole 60 minutes. Hopefully they get it now. Consistency is key.