I Watched This Game: Canucks vs Phoenix Coyotes, March 14, 2012

Lovers of high-tempo, offensive hockey were dreading this game, considering the two previous meetings between these teams were 1-1 affairs that both went to the shootout. Those who were not anticipating offence may have forgotten that Phoenix and Vancouver combined for 75 shots in their last matchup and a combination of stellar goaltending and bad bounces were the only reason 9 goals weren’t scored.

But 9 goals were scored in this game, meaning that the goaltending wasn’t stellar and the bounces weren’t bad. Unless you recently travelled forward through time from the 80′s, in which case I mean the bounces were bad. They were the baddest. Totally tubular, in fact. I watched this game.

Canucks 4 – 5 Coyotes

  • The theme of this game was experimentation, as Alain Vigneault made massive changes to the Canucks’ lineup, with the most controversial being the decision to place the struggling Mason Raymond with the slumping Sedins. That wasn’t the only change, as Manny Malhotra came out of the lineup for “personal reasons,” Alex Burrows joined the third line, and all three defence pairings were shuffled like God’s feet. Of course, every experiment needs a control group, and the American Express line of Ryan Kesler, David Booth, and Chris Higgins stayed intact.
  • Taking Burrows off the top line immediately paid dividends, but not for the Sedins. Instead, Burrows opened the scoring thanks to a great pinch down the boards by Chris Tanev, a nice centring pass by Hansen, and his body’s insatiable need to be in front of the net. He tried to stay on the outside and not go to the net once and blew out his knee. Never again.
  • Raymond, on the other hand, did not immediately click with the Sedins, mishandling a breakaway pass, then later in the same shift putting Daniel offside. He got better as the game progressed, but I doubt Vigneault is going to hire Raymond to handle his public relations.
  • I love the decision to add Burrows to the first unit on the powerplay and move Kesler to the point, as it allows Kesler to use his shot more and puts Burrows in front of the net where he belongs. It’s just unfortunate that we haven’t had many opportunities to see it in action. The Canucks’ second goal showed how potent it could be, as Kesler slipped in from the point and ripped a one-timer top corner from a Henrik saucer pass. Unfortunately, that gave the Canucks a two-goal lead, which, as we all know, is the worst lead in hockey.
  • Radim Vrbata, the Coyotes’ leading goal scorer, was out of the game, meaning Paul Bissonnette came out of the pressbox. That’s a tiny bit of a dropoff in skill. You’d think that would mean fewer goals: instead the Coyotes offence exploded. Turns out that Bissonnette is a catalyst, causing/accelerating offence without providing offence himself.
  • Much to the dismay of his anti-fantasy owners, Rostislav Klesla potted the Coyotes’ first goal off a big, ugly rebound by Roberto Luongo off a bad-angle shot. It was undoubtedly one that Luongo would like to have back, but I have to wonder why no one was anywhere near Klesla as he took the shot. There were a lot of Canucks watching the puck instead of picking up their checks. Of course, they probably all have direct deposit set up with Payroll.
  • Before the first period was over, the Coyotes had erased the dreaded two-goal lead. After an ill-timed pinch by Dan Hamhuis, Shane Doan carried the puck in on a 3-on-1, then out-waited the sliding Bieksa and pulled the puck all the way around Luongo, who did well to stay with him and get his blocker out to stop Doan from tucking it in. Unfortunately, none of the backchecking Canucks checked Doan, giving him plenty of time to continue jamming at the puck, eventually poking it in.
  • I missed it the first time around, but one of the reasons Hamhuis didn’t clear Doan out is that he got high-sticked in front of the net by Antoine Vermette. Zack Kassian didn’t have that excuse. Even if the puck had been frozen and Doan was banging away, that’s when a big, bruising power forward like Kassian needs to come in and bury Doan. Meanwhile, Henrik jumped in to cover the post and ended up posting up on Luongo, which may have prevented him from covering the puck.
  • Bieksa will get a lot of attention in this game as his minus-3 rating and offensive-zone penalty tend to stand out, but Hamhuis also struggled away from his normal partner on defence. It’s just that he scored a goal and finished plus-1, so it wasn’t as noticeable. Raffi Torres completely manhandled him in front of the net, knocking him down in order to set a screen on Luongo for Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s slap shot from the point, putting the Coyotes up 3-2.
  • The Canucks biggest mistake in this game? Not allowing the Coyotes to go up by two goals in the second period. Seriously, it’s so easy to come back from that lead. Instead, the second powerplay unit went to work: Booth and Higgins combined for a sweet little give-and-go that Booth finished far post. Highlight: the patience of Higgins to pull the puck past the sliding Ekman-Larsson. Bonus highlight: Raymond falling over for no reason whatsoever at the beginning of the clip. That never happens.
  • Okay, it sometimes happens. Once in a while. Fine, all the time. As Raman Gill pointed out, Mason Raymond is Luis Mendoza.
  • It was nice to see Dale Weise back in the lineup and he made his presence felt physically, throwing 4 hits. His best play, however, didn’t turn out as well as he hoped. He made an absolutely brilliant touch pass to spring Bieksa for a 3-on-1 rush. Unfortunately, Bieksa played it about as poorly as I play the trombone. And I’m really terrible at playing the trombone. Instead of passing the puck to Kesler, the 41-goalscorer with a superb wristshot and one-timer, Bieksa lobbed the puck weakly on net, hoping for a rebound. When you’re on a 3-on-1, you don’t need to hope for a rebound. PASS THE PUCK.
  • Smith easily kicked the puck out past the Canucks on the rush, springing the Coyotes on an odd-man rush the other way. The initial scoring attempt was turned aside, but as Bieksa came back on the backcheck, he hit Gilbert Brule in front of the net. Unfortunately, this sent Brule directly into the path of the puck that Pyatt had thrown in front and it bounced off Brule’s chest and in. It was bad luck for Bieksa, but that situation doesn’t happen if he hadn’t hoped for good luck a moment earlier.
  • While the Canucks’ powerplay was great, going 2-for-3, the penalty kill allowed the Coyotes to score on both their opportunities. On what proved to be the gamewinner, the Canucks’ penalty killers drastically overplayed a puck in the corner, leaving Ekman-Larsson and Vermette wide open at the backdoor and in the slot, respectively. Ekman-Larsson loaded up on a slapshot from the top of the faceoff circle that Luongo kicked out to Vermette, who easily finished it off.
  • Henrik bumped his slump with the assist on Kesler’s goal in the first, but Daniel still had a slump to bump. Fortunately, Smith was feeling generous and kicked Daniel’s feather soft shot right out to Hamhuis streaking towards the net. After pausing to put his clothes back on, Hamhuis chipped the puck past Smith to bring the Canucks within one.
  • Henrik had the second assist on Hamhuis’s goal, moving him past Trevor Linden for second among the franchise leaders in points, 22 points back of Markus Naslund’s 756. Unfortunately, his minus-1 dropped him down to plus-176 over his career. He’s still first all-time, but now he’s only 98 up on former plus/minus leader Dana Murzyn.
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51 comments

  1. NPC
    March 15, 2012

    I was pretty surprised about Av’s line up change but after this game Burrows-Pahlsson-Hansen look pretty damn good for a checking line.

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  2. invisibleairwaves
    March 15, 2012

    Three things I do not want to see:

    1. Nuclear holocaust
    2. Rick Santorum presidency
    3. Kevin Bieksa and Alex Edler paired together at even strength

    Just…no. This worried me much more than the idea of Raymond playing with the Sedins. It always seems to end in disaster.

    Good to see the scoring drought for the twins finally come to an end. Hopefully things balance out and they go on a crazy hot streak starting roughly one month from now. That would be nice.

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    • JDM
      March 15, 2012

      The only thing I’d add to your list is “in no particular order”. Seriously, I am shocked they keep trying this experiment. It never works. HamJuice is an inseparable pairing.

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    • Zach Morris
      March 15, 2012

      4. Mason “Clutch” Raymond playing in the last minute of a game we’re behind by one.

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  3. Nick
    March 15, 2012

    Hope we see Schneider in the next game.

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    • obituary mambo
      March 16, 2012

      I don’t think this was meant as a slam. It’s Columbus and Lu could use the night off. I also hope to see the road trip equally split. We need Lu sharp for the playoffs; there’s absolutely no reason to tire him out in what should be winnable games.

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  4. Andre
    March 15, 2012

    For all the biting comments on Raymond’s falling, one has to seriously ask if there is an ongoing problem that is not being addressed.

    He never used to skate so poorly and was always a brilliant puck handler before his injury, one of the reasons why I loved his play so much. Could his balance been affected by the injury and not been fully rehabilitated? Does he need more therapy instead of ice time? I’d rather have him off the ice to heel himself for the playoffs than see continue to struggle and embarrass himself. He is much too gifted for that.

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    • Warpstone
      March 15, 2012

      Raymond’s actually a very good skater. He falls often because he’s trying change direction while leveraging his speed, often catching an edge if the puck bounces or he takes some contact.

      I know it’s infuriating as all hell, but Raymond probably doesn’t even get a playmaking chance to fall down on unless he skates like that. :P

      If his hands could ever pick up the same speed as his feet, he would be able to do more with the time his quick first steps buy him rather than force another move that will see him spill.

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      • Andre
        March 15, 2012

        Hmmm, if you’re correct, then why is it that he falls much, much more regularly after the injury then before? Has he suddenly gotten faster?

        It could possibly be a confidence thing, but I wonder if it isn’t a side-effect from the injury, something that has not been fully corrected or healed.

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        • Warpstone
          March 15, 2012

          Given that playing with an equilibrium issue would

          a) be bad for Raymond and either him or people close to him would rather he heal than play with such a dangerous condition

          or

          b) be bad for the team, and either AV or the team doctors would rather not risk a player’s catastrophic under-performance/physical breakdown/long-term injury suit

          I really doubt that Raymond is falling down because of a chronic or unhealed condition. Seriously, if that was the case, his career would already be over due to medical clearance.

          The much simpler explanation is probably the case: a player with a limited skill set is trying to overplay his primary strength to the point where he’s pushed past his limits and fails.

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          • JDM
            March 15, 2012

            Dude your memory is sepia-toned. Raymond used to fall down practically every shift in his first year. The likely answer is rehab from the injury caused him to lose some strength and as a result some muscle coordination.

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        • John Andress
          March 15, 2012

          Or are we just noticing it more at this time of struggle?

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          • Cody
            March 15, 2012

            No he always fell. I used to point it out all the time. Oh look Raymond is taking a nap? Oh look he woke up… Oh wait he was just checking the time, he’s down again.

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    • JS Topher
      March 16, 2012

      they call him bambi for a reason…

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  5. hockeyispretty
    March 15, 2012

    Well, I hope you PITB guys are happy, making Malhotra miss a game. His absence for “personal” reasons? He obviously read your article about his hair and is off consulting specialists about how to re-create the magic. Will we have him back in time for playoffs? Time alone will tell.

    Use your power wisely.

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    • Warpstone
      March 15, 2012

      So true. Anyone who doubts how important a mere 4th line center is to this team should reflect on how this game was lost on the penalyt kill… in which Malholtra usually leads the first unit.

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    • Brent
      March 15, 2012

      I also blame PITB for Manny not playing. I think AV saw affromanny, suddenly realized that he was a (not so) visible minority and told him he wasn’t playing, no matter what effect this would have on the penalty kill. They are covering it up by calling it “personal” reasons. I expect an anti defamation suit is forthcoming. Hopefully AV sees the light now and lets him back in.

      (This is just a joke, I can’t find the sarcasm font on my Mac)

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  6. James W.
    March 15, 2012

    I think Malhotra’s ‘personal reasons’ are because he’s growing out a giant fro. Expect him back on Saturday.

    Burrows looked great on the third line, however, the “first” line of the Sedins and Raymond looked terrible – frankly, I have to blame Raymond. That breakaway pass, losing the puck in the offensive zone, falling down for no reason – I just don’t know where this guy fits in the lineup now. The first line is more important than the third line, so I expect Burrows will be back on it soon. It’s a shame, though – if only we could have traded Raymond and a 4th rounder for Corey Perry like we all expected, we could have a stellar first and third line. SIGH.

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    • peanutflower
      March 15, 2012

      I’d have to do a whole lot of drinking before I could accept cheering for Corey Perry in any form.

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  7. Looking for more
    March 15, 2012

    Wow, not only the Canucks are slumping. Sounds more like a boxscore summary than a typical IWTG.

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  8. Zach Morris
    March 15, 2012

    I’m headed to the dentist today to replace the teeth that I ground into nothingness watching last night’s game.

    The Sedins cannot BUY a break.

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  9. Amor de Cosmos
    March 15, 2012

    Altering all the defensive pairings in one game invites nothing but disaster. But I’m sure AV has a stunningly cunning plan ,so devious mere mortals can’t hope to comprehend it in a single lifetime. Otherwise I’ve gotta believe all that giggling the other week really was a sign he’s lost his marbles.

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  10. Warpstone
    March 15, 2012

    The next few games are going to be just as wacky since it would take a minor miracle for Dallas to bump Vancouver to second seed in the West.

    I actually don’t mind what AV did last night. Frankly the team deserves a bit of a shakeup and there is probably a 5-6 game window to do this before the final stretch into the playoffs.

    But, if we’re going to go all-in for experimentation, etc. why not simply start sitting some players and bringing in some call-ups from the Wolves? I don’t care about Henrik’s streak, neither should he if it means being better rested for the playoffs.

    Heck, why not call-up the entire farm for an odd road game or two? :) The NHL uses the silly division winner as top seed system. Use it to your advantage. :D

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  11. peanutflower
    March 15, 2012

    That’s not what I saw for the Brule goal — it was reviewed but I played it over a dozen times real slow like and I saw a pretty nifty push in with the back of his glove. I did. Even Cheech wasn’t sure about it. I don’t know if that counts as a hand pass or whatever, but that’s what I saw. Anyway, I thought this was actually a pretty good game except for the last half lol.

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  12. whisky jack
    March 15, 2012

    Should The Playoffs Start Today
    Phoenix Is The Team We’d Play:

    Period One:

    with three mistakes his first shift out
    raymond should sit there is no doubt
    missed pass for a breakaway
    just sit the kid let others play
    too bad if this his self upsets
    it’s them that does is them that gets

    the dane found burr where you’d expect
    a one goal lead to not protect
    but rather one to build upon
    as kesler did with rosz’val gone

    lu’s save on torres truly great
    his move on klesla came too late
    some think let’s go with number two
    i have to say that i’m with you

    the olde coot

    Period Two:

    it’s not that raymond doesn’t try
    he’s just an almost kind of guy
    he just never seems a threat
    not even when his shot’s on net
    it’s time to bring in mister bitz
    and long past time that raymond sits

    too many men upon the ice
    and phoenix made them pay the price
    then vancouver tied the game at three
    david from chris on the pp

    but phoenix got one rather late
    the soft one fans anticipate
    and credit goes to mister smith
    the one the dogs are going with

    whisky jack

    Period Three:

    this pair of sonnets from the flock
    contains a lot of poppycock
    for mason raymond with the twins
    will serve to generate some wins
    though there are those the less astute
    just see three players playing cute

    bieksa took a slashing call
    a big rebound and that is all
    she wrote because the game was done
    vancouver lost as phoenix won

    the end of two the start of three
    a pattern here it seems to me
    and though it’s true that they all tried
    the bar and smith the nucks denied

    chicken chick

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  13. JDM
    March 15, 2012

    I’m shocked to hear everyone hating on MayRay’s game. He had a few bad moments where he was out of sync towards the beginning, but that’s to be expected, the Sedins don’t play like anyone else in the league and they sure as hell don’t play like Kesler. Gotta get acclimatized. And on the whole, I thought that was the best game for the top line, even strength and on the PP, I’ve seen since the Toronto massacre. Recently they have been invisible, but yesterday they looked dangerous consistently. The falling down thing is a blooper, it did not matter, and please note that the Canucks scored on that play, so that’s a pretty stupid thing to hang him out to dry on. I say leave him there for 2-3 games and see if chemistry develops. Besides, Burr is effective wherever you put him.

    I don’t get the D-pair shuffling. It has never worked. Not only has it never worked, but EVERY time it has resulted in complete disaster. Here again. Why will they not learn the lesson? Unless it’s an exercise in preparing for shuffles later if someone gets hurt in the postseason so people have more experience with other D partners, it makes zero sense to me. If we’d kept our D pairings, we’d probably have won this one.

    I really liked the camera angle from behind the net on the Booth goal, that was pretty cool.

    Re: Mike Smith, I really think this guy is going to have some issues in the playoffs sitting back on his goal line like that.

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    • Warpstone
      March 15, 2012

      I think you’re right, the shuffling is to help the coaches audition new pairings in case of injury.

      I do think though Edler+Tanev is a pairing that needs to be given a shot. Risk-taker + stay at home guy would make for a good top two pairings. Salo would benefit from less intense minutes, especially down the stretch of these meaningless games.

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  14. Chicky
    March 15, 2012

    Ok, the D pairings last night was enough to make all the babies in the lower mainland cry. Put ‘em back, please, K, thanks!

    Otherwise, our offense was looking good, Mr. Carter!

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    • jimbob
      March 15, 2012

      agreed! hamhuis, bieksa, and edler all looked out of sorts in that game.

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  15. BakerGeorgeT
    March 15, 2012

    MayRay stunk. If you think he was good, well that’s your prerogotive. But this is not how I see him. I percieve him as stumbling around the ice, unsure of himself and unable to make a major difference. Perception is reality.

    Luongo, well what can I say. He is my favourite Canuck — my snow angel. Come on man, stay on your feet, or at least your knees. It’s too easy to score top shelf when you are trying to make like a kindergarten kid in a December recess. “Flukey” goals does not excuse it.

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    • Andre
      March 15, 2012

      Your perception is your reality, and no one else’s.

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  16. Brent
    March 15, 2012

    Not only did I watch this game, I was actually at the game! First time in about 7 years, maybe 8. Would love to go again if it wasn’t so damn expensive. There are a lot of positives we can take from this. The offence worked, the power play worked and Sedinery wizardry is back. The down side is team defence still sucks, and was likely even worse. People have already talked about the defensive pairings, but just the team back checking was terrible. I mean is you give up an odd man rush (I think it maybe happened a couple of time last night!) get your ass back and cover the loose man (sedin’s were guilty of this a few times among others). Kassian was fairly invisible but I did see him throw a few hits, nothing up to his potential though. Luongo probably could have played better but he didn’t look terrible on any of the goals. Lets keep Cory happy and start him next game, or are we saving him for Chicago?

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    • Brent
      March 15, 2012

      PS Was surprized that Edler was in the line up after AV’s comments after last game. Watching him in the warm up he looks like he has a total lack of focus, as if he is a galaxy far, far away. Not sure what is up (relationship woes, taking over for sad Cody) but he needs some serious focus come playoffs.

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    • Phileo99
      March 15, 2012

      Wouldn’t mind seeing both, but for sure Corey for Chicago!

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  17. Chris the Curmudgeon
    March 15, 2012

    I was yelling at my screen after the Bieksa 3 on 1. Though “PASS THE PUCK” might be paraphrasing out a few of the more colourful epithets I was including at the time.

    The most disturbing thing for me, however, is 2 more goals given up in the 10 minute window between 5 to go in the second and 5 into the third. I think we can safely call that time slot “the Death Zone”, and perhaps the Canucks need to just treat it like a big long penalty kill. Did a little bit of number-crunching: over the last 5 games (of which 4 were home ice regulation losses), the Canucks GAA is 12.00 during that 10 minute stretch. Not kidding. Over the other 50 minutes of those games combined, it’s 2.64. Undoubtedly, snafus in the Death Zone are dictating the outcomes of these games (all 4 GWG against have been during that time), and the coaching staff need to do something to tighten up the team’s defence over that 10 minute period of the game if the team expects to win.

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    • Phileo99
      March 15, 2012

      Wasn’t aware of the 1st 5 into the 3rd, but the 2nd period has always been Canuck’s achilles heel.
      GAA > GFA in their 2nd periods

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    • Harrison Mooney
      March 15, 2012

      This concept of a “death zone” terrifies me.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      March 15, 2012

      You just watch, the next time the Canucks can hold their opponents scoreless over that window they will win the game, I’m sure of it.

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      • beano
        March 15, 2012

        John Garrett made reference to this in the game against Dallas last week without having the numbers to back it up. he pointed out also that those are very deflating goals as they are leading into an intermission and really steal momentum. I agree with your post, the canucks need to put a more consistent 60 min down on the ice. easier said than done i am sure.

        i also notice many of these goals are followed by about 2 shifts from kesler where he charges around like a man possessed. recently it has not been charging up his team mates and he can’t sustain that play for all of his shifts.

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  18. Phileo99
    March 15, 2012

    As soon as I saw the Coyotes score on their PP to open the 3rd period, I knew it was game over. The Canucks gave up so many odd man rushes maybe because of the new D pairings that AV was trying out. I agree, please STOP IT! Edler/Salo (with some Tanev) , Juice/Hammer as the shutdown pairing, and MAG/Tanev. All 3 D pairings have been proven effective, why tinker with that?
    As for Raymond, Raymond, Raymond, how do you solve a problem like Raymond? Yeah, he was a contributing member of the President’s Trophy team, but that was so last year. What has he done for us lately? He’s served up a lot of nothin’ burgers, and started to become the butt of every joke. Luongo was anointed #1 goalie, so I understand AV’s decision to keep playing him to help him work through Oct V2.0, but I see no justification to anoint Raymond as one of the Untouchables. Burr performed better on the 3rd line than Raymond ever did. I think it was a mistake that MGGM did not trade him, because we would be no worse off without Raymond. He just no longer has an impact on the lineup.

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    • Frank N
      March 15, 2012

      All people hating on Raymond conveniently forget about his back-checking abilities. And his whizzing entries in the offensive zone. Just saying!

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  19. Prophet
    March 15, 2012

    I’m not a Luongo hater but I’m going to have to pin most of the last few losses, and especially the last game on Luo. March Luo is looking nauseatingly like October Luo which is simply not remotely in the same form as January/February Luo. Yes, there were defensive lapses, but if you look at a lot of the games in Jan/Feb where the team was really struggling Luo was playing lights out to bail out his team mates and steal a number of games, this would have been a 4-1 easy night at the office for the boys. They were back in offensive form which works when Jan/Feb Luo was neutralizing all those odd man rushes and not serving up juicy rebounds.

    The team can’t stop playing their “A” game, with the defense joining the rush to compensate for a struggling goalie. They need to have complete confidence in their backstopper and I’m sure that confidence took a huge drop after last night’s game.

    The remedy to bringing back Luo’s all-star form was his extended benching when Schneider was having that great run of 6 or 7 starts that pulled the Canucks out of the funk in Nov. It’s time to ride Scheider again for the rest of the season, and into the playoffs until he falters.

    We simply can’t have the skaters compromising their honed offensive game to try and compensate for a goalie they can’t trust to make a few hard saves look easy. We only have one goalie who can do that… at least right now and it ain’t No. 1.

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    • stathead
      March 15, 2012

      I agree Luongo is playing like a good solid star goalie right now instead of a stellar superstar goalie (why can’t he be more consistent? *ironically*), but I thought Schneider is playing more or less the same as Luongo the last few times we’ve seen him. We’re overlooking the shaky bits on Schneider because we haven’t seen him make as many mistakes overall (or as many awesome moves, but mistakes make a more catastrophic impression on a fanbase.) People still have the perception of Schneider as being on that golden streak he was on in Oct/Nov, but he’s letting a few goals in each game he plays and looks a bit shaky, and makes a few mistakes that he & his teammates have to cover for. Great goalie, but I think people aren’t being fair to Luongo. His save percentage yesterday doesn’t reflect the quality of chances and the bad bounces, and AV has shown he isn’t afraid of pulling him if he things Lu is having a bad night- even in the first period.

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  20. Unknown Comic
    March 15, 2012

    There was no backcheck on the Doan goal because Vermette high sticked Hamhuis in front of the net and Hamhuis went to his knees. Why is no one noticing this?

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    • Frank N
      March 15, 2012

      I think Hamhuis actually got high-sticked at both ends of the ice on that play! Poor community man, sucking it all up and not embellishing…

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  21. Wagman
    March 15, 2012

    Wait… did Burrows blow out a knee? I didn’t get to watch the game, but see in the box score that he got an assist on a later goal, and with nothing on CDC I assume this is referring to something else?!? That would be bad news…

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    • Harrison Mooney
      March 15, 2012

      No, that was a joke. Rest easy, Burrows is fine.

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  22. Lisa
    March 15, 2012

    MayRay falls so much my buddy and I have officially started the Mason Down count up. Makes lackluster games entertaining!

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  23. DanD
    March 15, 2012

    Yeah, Bieksa looked disturbingly nonchalant on that 3 on 1. He usually seems to be pretty smart offensively, so I’m not sure what was going through his mind there. It’s one thing to hold the puck. It’s another thing to hold the puck AND skate super slow, allowing the defense time to adjust a little.

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  24. Mccallister
    March 15, 2012

    Let Schneid play, Luongo needs time off. Look at Tim Thomas, ever since Rask got hurt and he had to play almost every game, his save percentage dropped to .879 in his last 10 games and the Bruins are 4-5. Give Luongo consecutive time off alone with his sea wall like in October and he’ll bounce back.

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  25. akidd
    March 15, 2012

    i’m just glad that alex burrows plays for the canucks. he’s such an eager beaver. love it.

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