It seemed like a no-brainer, really. Just dump the puck in and get to OT. Instead, a Daniel Sedin turnover and lackadaisical play on the backcheck along with a pretty effective screen from Ben Hutton led to the winning goal for the Sabres with only 17 seconds left to play. Ryan Miller should be pissed at the way his defence failed him at times yesterday. Thankfully, the Canucks find themselves able to put yesterday's nonsense behind them quickly, as they have a date with Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils this afternoon.
After losing their first 3 of the season, the Devils have won 7 of their last 10, and while they're stuck in the middle of the pack, the fact that they're doing it with an underwhelming lineup offensively is pretty remarkable. Head Coach John Hynes will lean heavily on Schneider this year, using the one-time Canuck goalie of the future to keep them close in games and oh, holy crap... we're gonna lose this one, too. Anyway, let's take a look at the morning links, shall we?
FRESH HOT LINKS
- The Canucks have recalled Alex Biega from Utica on an emergency call up. Problem is, we haven't heard what is necessitating this call up, and with no morning skate, we await Willie D's pre-game presser.
- Botch has a few things on his mind...
- Well... turns out Miller was pissed off
- The Provies from yesterday takes some well-deserved shots at Sportsnet
- One good sign from yesterday: Chris Higgins not only looked good, but seems to be clicking with Jared McCann
AROUND THE LEAGUE
- Seriously, Pittsburgh? Screw you.
- Team Canada was golden at the World Under 17's with a win over Russia
- Well they weren't gonna suck that bad all year long...
- The Canucks should look to the Victoria Royals for inspiration, who with 6 straight wins in 9 nights on the road took over top spot in the WHL last night
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
When it comes to metal, New Jersey doesn't get the accolades it deserves in my opinion. When you look at the bands the state has produced: Misfits, Overkill, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Monster Magnet, Whiplash, OLD, The Number Twelve Looks Like You (still one of my favorite band names of all time), God Forbid and many more. The state has produced some heavy hitters in every genre of hard music, so picking one for today's battle hymn wasn't easy. So I decided to go with something that's gonna get you all aggressive for this one: Peg-Leg Stomp by Swashbuckle. This 3 piece pirate metal band (yes, that's a thing) became known after winning a contest through Nuclear Blast Records a few years back. They're no longer with the label after a couple decent releases, and some knock the band for being a gimmick act, but get past the imagery and lyrics, and there's some really solid thrash metal here.