After an incredibly entertaining game in Pittsburgh, Sunday’s game in Columbus was a bit of a snooze fest. Fortunately, the Canucks and Islanders apparently got together before Tuesday’s game in Long Island and decided that sanity is overrated, because this game was crazy in the coconut.
This game was more cray-cray than a pair of Cray supercomputers. If this game had membranes, they would be locked up in an insane asylum. It was more screwball than Hitchcock’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Even Bonkers D. Bobcat thought this game was a little much. I lost 1d4 Sanity Points when I watched this game.
Canucks 5 – 4 Islanders (OT)
- John Tortorella made David Booth a healthy scratch against the Islanders, saying post-game, “He’s not doing enough to play. Plain and simple.” There’s an entire article to be written about whether that’s true or not, but that’s for later. Tortorella chose to dress seven defencemen and Andrew Alberts drew into the lineup. He played one shift. It was 37 seconds long. The Islanders scored the opening goal of the game during that shift. It was Alberts’ man who scored. Tortorella chose…poorly.
- The game threatened to get ugly early, as the Islanders took advantage of a powerplay to extend the lead to two less than five minutes in. Frans Nielsen made a great pass to Matt Moulson at the back door, but Luongo came across to make a superb save. Unfortunately, that robbery only inspired Moulson to commit his own crime, pulling a bank job by backhanding the puck off Luongo’s pad and in on the rebound.
- Just 16 seconds later, the Canucks responded. Ryan Kesler burned through the neutral zone, then set up Dan Hamhuis for a slap shot off the rush that Evgeni Nabokov couldn’t handle. Kesler was quick to the plunder like his name was Maher-shalal-hash-baz and slid the rebound home.
- The Canucks tied up the game a few minutes later with a nice goal on a 3-on-2. With Mike Santorelli driving the net, Jannik Hansen made a superb cross-ice pass to Daniel Sedin, who fluttered the puck past Nabokov’s glove like a clever butterfly past a net. Then it went right into the larger net behind the smaller one, so maybe that butterfly wasn’t all that smart.
- All four of those goals came before the game was even 10 minutes old. When my sons were 10 minutes old, they didn’t have any goals, those shiftless layabouts. Set some objectives, for Pete’s sake! Have some ambition!
- Hansen was flying in the first period — the Canucks had 9 shot attempts to the Islanders’ 1 when he was on the ice — but he left the game early after he kept flying on one rush, right into the boards. He slid in hard, right arm first, and skated straight to the tunnel while hunched over in pain. It could have been his shoulder, but for now it’s being reported as an upper body injury.
- The Islanders took the lead again early in the second period, once again on the powerplay. Matt Moulson has a great wristshot and can pick a corner if you give it to him. Like the best roommate ever, Luongo gave him plenty of space and as much room as he needed. Still, it was a pretty dang great shot and it’s hard to blame Luongo too much for letting it get past him.
- It looked like the Canucks had tied it up not long after, as Hamhuis threw the puck towards the net and Kassian swiped the rebound past Nabokov. It was initially ruled a goal, but after a brief conference, the refs waved it off for goaltender interference, which was fair as Santorelli was lying on top of Nabokov at the time. It’s the second time in three games a goal has been called off due to Santorelli crashing the net harder than the Slammer worm.
- The Canucks actually tied up the game midway through the second, thanks to an incredible pass by Dale Weise, who temporarily claimed Nassau Coliseum in the name of the Netherlands and transformed himself back into Dutch Lindros. He sprung Daniel and Henrik on a 2-on-1 with a long saucer pass and the Sedins, astonished by such a savvy and skilled play from Weise, nearly botched the odd-man rush. Daniel held onto the puck, but couldn’t beat Nabokov. Fortunately, Henrik salvaged the situation by bouncing the rebound off Nabokov and in.
- To a certain extent, the game hinged on one moment. Kevin Bieksa nearly gave the puck away in the neutral zone for an Islanders breakaway with the game tied. Instead, Bieksa managed to recover, kick the puck forward and wrist a weak shot low on Nabokov’s right pad. Nabokov kicked it straight to Chris Higgins, who made no mistake with the open net. Instead of a breakaway on Luongo, the Canucks took a 4-3 lead into the third.
- Even with all the goals, the highlight of the night was Henrik Sedin throwing his arms up in frustration over his third penalty of the night, a weak tripping call. MAKAVELI captured the moment in gif form and it is fantastic:
- Roberto Luongo was far better in this game than the score would indicate. He made some incredible saves, including a wicked glove save on a Thomas Hickey slap shot from in close and a big save on Brock Nelson sliding across. His best, however, was also his most awkward, as he seemed to get stuck sliding through the crease and had to dive across with a two-pad stack to purloin a goal away from John Tavares.
- It was appropriate, then, that the Islanders tied the game up on a lucky bounce. With Nabokov pulled for the extra skater, the Canucks had to scramble to cover every Islander. After Chris Tanev failed to clear the puck after a won faceoff, Andrew Macdonald’s point shot hit one of the fifty-five thousand skaters in front of the net and went straight to an uncovered Frans Nielsen. He scored, like a jerk.
- Nielsen’s bigger jerk move was elbowing Ryan Kesler in the head, because then we had to deal with every Islanders fan and every other non-Canucks fan and even a few actual Canucks fans accuse Kesler of diving. They’re probably wrong. Y’know, this time.
- The Canucks have yet to lose a game in overtime, largely thanks to Santorelli, who had scored both of the Canucks’ overtime gamewinners heading into this game. This time, he switched things up and was the overtime hero by proxy, making a great pass to Brad Richardson. He went wide around Macdonald, then centred for Bieksa, who may or may not have tipped the puck in. Richardson got credited with the goal, his fourth of the year.
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