Vancouver Canucks: Shocked In St Louis
Both of these teams hadn’t met since Vancouver was victorious in last seasons play off’s. Having lost five games straight St Louis were eager to secure a win. With the knowledge of the situation the Blues were in. Winning this game should have been a mere formality for Vancouver.
When Andy McDonald scored the 1st goal within just 18 seconds it was obvious that loosing for the 6th time was not on the agenda. Shortly after this Kevin Bieksa made an impression for all the wrong reasons. He served a total of 17 minutes for three different penalties. St Louis then continued to bury three more in the Canucks net. All four goals were scored in approximately seven minutes. Vancouver spent the majority of the first period looking disorientated and floundering in their own end.
After allowing four goals on nine shots Andrew Raycroft, was replaced with Luongo at the start of the second period. This was Loungo’s first game since 27th October, as he had been recovering from a cracked rib. This was not the best way to make his return with his team being down 4 – 0.
With a change in goal Vancouver started to show a slight improvement. Opting at least to find first gear instead of reverse. Although still failing to display any real momentum on offense, only generating a few scoring chances. When Brad Boyes made it 5 – 0 on a PP late in the second, Vancouver’s chances of a come back were really unlikely.
At the start of the third period Sedin was able to restore some dignity for Vancouver with the only goal for his side. Unfortunately Johnny Canuck would have been unable to turn this game around. David Perron later added to Vancouver’s embarrassment when he scored his first ever hat trick, to secure the win. The frustration could be seen on the player’s faces and on the ice, as Vancouver spent most of the final period engaging in fights with any Blues player willing to have a tussle.
This was the third game of five on the road for Vancouver. So far they have only won one game since embarking on this trip. The game against the Blues should act as a wake up call for the Canucks. The team will most likely try to learn from the mistakes made. Expect to see great improvement in the next game against Detroit.
In Detroit’s last outing they played Toronto and had a similar performance to Vancouver. Detroit were beaten 5 – 1 at the hands the Maple Leafs. Dan Cleary got the only goal for the Wings. Detroit face Columbus before meeting Vancouver. Detroit will look to erase the memory of their last game with a win against The Blue Jackets. Vancouver and Detroit are two teams desperate to gain points and start climbing the standings.
With two consecutive loses Vancouver are like an animal licking it’s wounds. If Vancouver is unable to leave Detroit victorious; it’s wounds maybe so big that they are faced with a battle for survival.