I won't get too in depth with this game recap. Sven Baertschi winging it with Bo Horvat and Radim Vrbata seemed to pay off early as they cashed in on not only the Canucks' 1-0 goal, they sustained a lot of pressure throughout the first 30 minutes of play. The Sedin line did the same. But the pesky Senators just got better and better as the game went on. Ryan Miller held the Canucks in it until the final moments when it mattered most, as you will see in the game highlights. A point shot eluded his glove hand on a fail that put the Canucks behind by 2 with less than 2 minutes left. Miller knew it was a fail. When he was was pulled soon after for the extra attacker all he could do on the bench was bury his face in his hands, contemplating the error he had made. Vancouver scored a late PP goal (Edler) but ran out of time to mount the complete comeback.
I didn't like their power play performance overall beyond that late resurgence. They shot themselves in the foot by failing to get a lot of shots on net with the man advantage throughout the game. Sure, we registered 35 shots on net overall, but....yea..... As I said before, the Sens just got better and better as the game went on, including providing takeaway after takeaway as their skating game got stronger and stronger. They finally started a different goaltender against the Canucks in Andrew Hammond and he was quite solid. However...he could have been burned in this one but played well and was lucky on a few occasions (remember the Sedins-Burrows bing-bing-bang-post PP chance? God damn that was gonna be play of the year.
Brandon Sutter was a healthy scratch for this one. Iiiinteresting.......
Here are the game highlights: