From panic following the first loss of the year to MASS celebration over the first win.
Mind you, I know more than a few people panicked following Edmonton’s quick start on the scoreboard after which they were given a power play. Turns out there was no reason to panic as the Canucks were quick to respond by scoring short-handed to tie the game at one. By the end of 40 minutes the team had established a 5-1 lead and would go on to win the game 6-2.
The Canucks did a lot of good things in this game. Positives from Game 2:
- Canucks put 44 shots on net [All Canucks registered a shot on net except Weber]…whereas after game 1 everyone was asking why they didn’t shoot the puck more.
- A fiery Ryan Kesler accounted for 9 shots and a fight.
- Luongo played solid with 21 saves.
- 6 different Canucks scored goals [Richardson, Hamhuis, Hansen, Daniel Sedin, Kesler, and Garrison].
- Special teams were once again in top form: accounting for 2 short-handed goals and a power-play goal.
- 2 goals were scored 18 seconds apart.
- The Sedins combined for some #sedinery racking up 5 points.
- Torts once again establishes he doesn’t care what others say but rather the effort the team puts on the ice.
- The win came in front of the home crowd.
Long story short, the team played one of the best games I have seen them play in nearly 2 years. Aside from the early goal by Edmonton, Vancouver was in control of this game. That being said, it was one game and one game does not make a season. We will take the win and move on to the next one.
There is little time to savor the victory as the team is back at it again in Calgary tonight. The focus shifts to Game 3 and looking to gain their first road win. Back to back games always represent a challenge. They will need to play with the same tenacity that won them Game 2 but also stay disciplined as special teams are always a factor in every game. Best of luck tonight Canucks!
Will you be watching tonight? Puck drop is at 5:00 PM [pacific time] on Sportsnet.
As always, until next time, nuck said.