Well, that game was lousier than a kid with pediculosis capitis. The Canucks started poorly, were mediocre in the middle, then just plain awful at the end. They were bad and they should feel bad. They sucked harder than someone trying to drink a Slurpee through an 11 kilometre long straw.
The Canucks came out flatter than Wayne Knight’s character in Space Jam. Or Michael Jordan’s acting in Space Jam, for that matter. Regrettably, unlike in Space Jam, Bill Murray didn’t show up out of nowhere to save the day. I wish I had watched Space Jam, but, instead, I watched this game.
Canucks 2 – 3 Panthers (SO)
- The one bright spot for the Canucks was the play of Roberto Luongo, who made 34 saves on 36 shots. He was at his best at the beginning and end of the game, ensuring that it didn’t get out of hand early and it didn’t end in regulation late. He made an important kick save on a shorthanded breakaway by Marcel Goc in the first period, keeping the Panthers from going up by two. He stopped Shawn Matthias alone in tight late in the third period. He even had to come up big in overtime, robbing Jonathan Huberdeau on the penalty kill. Luongo was better than Better Than Sex Cake in this game.
- The Canucks were fortunate to even get to overtime, as just one game after a Canucks goal was called back for dubious reasons, they were the benefactors of a similarly questionable call. On a delayed Canucks penalty, the Panthers got a great scoring chance that Luongo turned aside, then made another stop on the rebound. The second rebound, however, was batted in by Jimmy Hayes, only the ref had already blown the whistle, ruling that a change of possession had occurred, likely because he thought Luongo had snagged the puck with his glove. Luongo had less possession than the Jefferson Bible, but I’m sure the Canucks will take it.
- Unfortunately, the Panthers did open the score on the ensuing power play. While the Canucks stood around like Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer, the Panthers had two chances on an open net off a rebound. The first hit the post, but the second hit the back of the net while Luongo, in his one rough moment, was swimming on his belly like Mona from The Chris Isaak Show.
- For some reason, the Sportsnet Pacific feed cut out multiple times, forcing Rogers to switch to the Fox Sports Florida feed for a large portion of the first period. I actually didn’t mind the Panthers announcers, Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay. Goldstein has a great play-by-play voice and anticipated the play well, while Lindsay’s analysis was reasonably on point. And the Fox Sports Florida feed didn’t cut out randomly, so it had that going for it too.
- Poor Alex Burrows can’t buy a break: he still hasn’t scored a goal this season, despite 34 shots. He hit his second post in as many games, this time short-handed. At this point if he was also visited at night by a saxophone-playing, bemulleted Jon Hamm, I wouldn’t be surprised.
- While David Booth was scratched, there were still several former Panthers in the lineup, and two of them combined to tie the game. Mike Santorelli picked up the puck behind the goal line and cut in front to backhand it on net. Tim Thomas — did you know Thomas was in this game, I didn’t hear anything about it in the media — made the first save, but the rebound found its way to Chris Higgins, who made like Iman Shumpert for the put back.
- The most interesting part of the game wasn’t even part of the game: it was the oddly pleasant Twitter snipefest that erupted between @EdmontonOilers and @VanCanucks. When the most exciting action during a game involves a team not playing in that game, you know it’s a boring game.
- It’s great to have Jannik “Honninggrævling” Hansen back in the lineup and he gave the Canucks a chance to win the game in the third. After an aggressive pinch down the boards by Ryan Stanton, Hansen covered the point, then jumped to the middle to pick off Tomas Fleischmann’s outlet pass and fired it top shelf, where you should keep the dairy in the fridge to maintain maximum freshness.
- That goal came less than three minutes into the third period. Through the rest of regulation, the Canucks only had two more shots. The Panthers had 11. It was ugly. The ugliest moment came when the Canucks had five skaters in the defensive zone, while the Panthers had three. Despite outnumbering the Panthers, the Canucks somehow left Shawn Matthias wide open in the slot. Nick Bjugstad found him with the past and Matthias’s one-timer beat Luongo. Either Ryan Stanton or Zack Kassian could have and should have covered him. They didn’t. He was less covered than a nudist colony, who at least use blankets when they sleep.
- The Sedins have been playing a metric tonne this season and it continued in this game, with both Daniel and Henrik playing more than even the defencemen. It’s understandable, however, as they were the only forwards who didn’t get out-shot by the Panthers when they were on the ice.
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