Canucks Complete California Sweep
Its Halloween night and we’ve got kids knocking on the door as the Canuck game gets started. The Canucks came into the game having kept the opposition from scoring on 16 straight power play chances but before the game is eight minutes old the Ducks have scored twice with the man advantage. Since the Canucks have not won a game this year when the opposition has scored first, I figure the pattern is going to continue. But less than a minute after the second Duck goal, the Canucks score to make it 2-1 and by the fifteen minute mark of the second period they are leading 5-2. At this point, I turn the game off and decide to enjoy the witches and goblins at my door, secure in the knowledge that with Roberto Luongo in goal a 5-2 lead seems pretty secure.
An hour or so later, I turn the TV back on to check out the final score only to find that a shoot out is about to begin as the game ended in a 6-6 tie. It seems the Ducks scored 3 goals in the last three minutes of the second period to tie the game at 5-5 and then scored with less than a minute left in the third period to force a scoreless overtime. I’m a little incredulous at this bizarre turn of events but am happy to get a chance to see the final act of this see-saw game.
In the Shootout, each team had scored once after the first two shooters but then ten more shooters for each team would put on a sad display of shootout hockey before Mattias Ohlund scored the winner for the Canucks. This result means the Canucks finish October with a winning record even though they had to play 8 of 11 games on the road. Now they return home for six straight games before hitting the road again in mid November.
Steve Bernier had a big night for the Canucks with 2 goals and Kevin Bieksa, Mattias Ohlund and Alex Burrows chipped in with one each. Burrows’ goal was a short handed effort. Roberto Luongo got a rare assist on Bernier’s second goal and, on a night when the Canucks tied their highest goal output this year, it’s interesting to note that neither Daniel nor Henrik Sedin had a point.
For the Ducks, Corey Perry set a personal one game record with five points on the night and Teemu Selanne had 2 goals and 2 assists to reach 700 points in his career. Selanne’s 2 goals give him 560 in his career which ties him for 20th all time with Montreal great Guy Lafleur.
This is probably one of the strangest games that these two teams will play this year. A few more games like this and the Canucks will make a believer out of me.
The Old Timer
October 31, 2008