VANCOUVER CANUCKS vs EDMONTON OILERS
7:00PM PST ROGERS ARENA, VANCOUVER, BC
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC. RADIO: SN650.
OPPOSITION BLOG: COPPER & BLUE
If you went into last night’s game fearing the worst, one could hardly blame you. Coming off one of the more spectacular 3rd period collapses in this team’s history (and that’s saying something), the Canucks were looking to end the road trip on a winning note against the Pacific Division leaders. What pretty much no one expected was that they were going to dominate them the way they did last night.
They got a much better performance defensively, some depth scoring from unlikely sources and a great night in goal from Jacob Markstrom to walk out of Rogers Place with a 5-2 victory and two much needed points.
Probably one of the biggest factors in last night’s win was coming out ready to play and having a solid 1st period. After that, it was stepping up and reversing the momentum after the Oilers tied it in the 2nd, on another deflating goal against Mike Smith by Tanner Pearson, that really seemed to shake the Oilers.
On a night when they needed guys to step up, to get a 4 point night from Pearson, as well as goals from Tyler Graovac, Josh Leivo and... wait, that really happened? Huh. Loui Eriksson adding a beauty to help the Canucks, once again defensively shorthanded, to get a big win over the top team in the Pacific. To get a night like that with no real offensive contribution from Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and just a single point from J.T. Miller is massive.
They’ll do it again tonight, with both teams swapping out their goaltenders, and likely at least one change for the Canucks as it’s pretty unlikely Alexander Edler plays tonight. This gives Oscar Fantenberg a chance to get into the lineup finally. Antoine Roussel is on his way to Vancouver, but I bet we don’t see him until Tuesday night’s game against Ottawa.
So it will be Koskinen versus Demko tonight, and any other changes we’ll get them to you as soon as we know them.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN:
Last night in Los Angeles it was the end of an era as SLAYER played their final live show at the Forum. While the band hasn’t ruled out releasing new music down the road, they will not play live again, so if you got a chance to see them on this farewell tour, or at any point during their incredible run, I know you will have enjoyed it as much as I did. The title track from ‘South Of Heaven’ to get things going tonight as well as a fan shot video of the band performing ‘Reign In Blood’ last night. Here’s to another win!