Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:13 PM
The Canucks absolutely dominated this game in parts but played even worse than the last game, probably put in a solid 30 minutes worth of effort and didn't deserve the 1 point at all. Right now we're finding ways to lose games which is exactly what you don't want - hopefully this road trip and Chicago is exactly what this team needs.
The Sedins had their best game of the season tonight, looks like they're finally back. Amazing cycles and passes by the twins all game long, they were consistently dominating in the offensive zone and Burrows looked good as well. That being done against a very physical and talented Blues defence is all the more impressive. Safe to say they're back.
Kesler was amazing again tonight, he's been the best Canuck these last 2 games. Flying all over the ice, drew a couple of penalties and a wicked shot to score. As for his linemates, Kassian had IMO his worst game all season and deserved the demotion - couldn't get pucks out and was invisible all night. Higgins looked good all night though, not sure why he was demoted.
Raymond and Hansen were buzzing tonight, Schroeder not as much but the 3 of them are still one of our best lines. Plenty of pressure during the 1st and 3rd period from these guys and obviously a great clutch goal by Raymond, he's rounding out to be our best secondary scorer and is probably playing on par with Burrows right now.
Our 4th line was brutal tonight. One or two big hits but wow they got hemmed in their own zone far too often. Generated no offence and sucked defending, the Blues just skated miles around them. Weise, Volpatti and Kassian really struggled tonight.
As for our defence, Tanev had his worst game of the season by a long shot. A few bad passes and terrible defending on the 1st goal against, he completely let his man skate past him to score. Ballard looked amazing in the first period, great passes, good skating and a few solid hits. Bieksa had a few good chances with his skating as did Hamhuis and were both reasonably sound in their own zone. Garrison wasn't bad either - no offence but didn't make any bad mistakes defensively. Then there's Edler. This guy made a brilliant play on Henrik's goal, taking out two Blues then dropping a perfect pass to Henrik. On the flipside, he basically gift-wrapped the Blues' 2nd goal by turning the puck over in the neutral zone, then losing his check and leaving McDonald to score. He simply doesn't belong on the right side and that play showed exactly why - his pass was off and then he fell too far left when defending the rush.
Luongo was pretty sound all game long, didn't really have a chance on the first two goals. There's no way he can smother a hard shot off the pads coming off the right wing - that was Tanev's fault for letting his forward skate right past him. As for the 2nd goal, he was square to the Tarasenko shot and just got unlucky that the puck bounced off the post right to the open man. Again that was Edler's check he didn't pick up. The third goal however was weak, his first bad goal all season long. Again Edler got walked by Sobotka but a short-side shot always looks bad, even with traffic in front. None of these goals were entirely Luongo's fault and he still gave us a chance to win.
Hate to say it but the last 2 games the Canucks' great goaltending has been out-dueled by two nobodies in the game - not backups, AHL goalies. Lots of bad bounces against, sure, but these goalies should be able to out-perform a couple of 3rd string tenders. That being said Luongo looked far better than Schneider did and with a HUGE Chicago game coming up, I'd prefer him in net. Luongo has always played well in Chicago and that sort of game is exactly what this team needs right now. It's their chance to make history and our chance to really suck it to them.