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Captain Roberto Shines in LA

The Canucks left Vancouver just as the rain began to fall, but the sunshine they found in southern California agreed with them as they started their mini road trip with a 4-0 win over a talented young LA Kings’ team that is not yet ready to move up in the Western Conference standings. This is a big win from a psychological perspective because last year the lowly Kings helped ruin the Canucks playoff chances by winning three out of the four games the teams played.

Roberto Luongo was outstanding in goal for the Canucks registering 28 saves and his second shutout of the year two days after allowing only one goal in a home game loss to Boston. Once again the Canuck power play was clicking as they recorded two goals on six power play chances. Maybe even more impressive was the Canuck defensive performance that held the Kings scoreless 7 for 7 when shorthanded. Other highlights for the Canucks included a slump breaking four point night for the Sedin twins, a highly skilled performance from Mason Raymond, and a goal from Tyler Pyatt, his first of the season.

Since it’s only a short bus ride to the game tonight against the Ducks, look for Canuck coach Alain Vigneault to stay with the hot hand and play Luongo for the second night in a row. So far this season the Canucks are 5-1 when they score first and 0-4 when they don’t. A victory in tonight’s game will mean a winning record for October even though 8 out of 11 games have been played on the road. Even the Old Timer will be impressed if the Canucks can pull this off.

The Old Timer
October 31, 2008

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