Things I observed after tonight's game:
Luongo is the better goalie, and until the Canucks deal with their defense issues, he will steal more games for them. Schneider didn't expect the defense would take a turd every night in front of him.
Will Schneider still be here by trade deadline? I don't know who is gone at this point.
Raymond is playing twice his size and is making a case for playing with Kesler on the second line. His shootout win, which was legal due to the fact that his turn was part of a continuous motion, was brilliant.
Booth played leagues better than the last game. His hit on Calvert shifted the momentum, not to mention Calvert himself.
Henrik is continuing to stick up for himself and looks perfectly comfortable doing so. They played against Bobrovsky who was lights out excellent, just not as good as Luongo.
Garrison is slowly separating himself from the rest of the defense right now. He is an excellent stay at home defenseman with a frightening shot. Even during the replay I had trouble spotting the puck. No one on Columbus looked to eager to block it. He plays well positionally likes hitting.
Burrows needs to slow down around his own zone.
Bieksa is missed as are Kesler and Malholtra.
Edler was on the ice for the sole Columbus goal watching the puck. Edler to Winnipeg for Evander Kane. No? Maybe?
That was the best game I have seen out of the Canucks in a while. They looked hungry and driven. Bobrovsky was amazing tonight. And the team are surging, so I think this was a huge character building win for them. They fought the whole game and stayed focused.
The Canucks have been spoiled by a ridiculously weak conference for the past four years that they gorged upon. It made them lazy and complacent within two months of the playoffs. They would go into the playoffs not having been tested like other teams and they would be overwhelmed by the other teams compete level.
Hopefully this signifies that they are coming around. This team on paper looks very dangerous especially with Bieksa and Kesler back in the line up. It's up to them to make everyone believe it. I don't believe this season is over at all. This team is far too good to roll over. Should a couple of trades be made? Yes. If those trades work though......
Edited by Canuck-a-nuck, 13 March 2013 - 12:28 AM.