May 052009
 

Through the game there were several names that people came with on Twitter instead of Byfuglien. I coined Byfuglidouche, there was B-Fug, DieFuglyOne, Buttfugly, and my personal favourite, (and no, I have no idea how you get the following nickname from Byfuglien) Barfing Lama. I’m sure there are a couple more out there. He’s starting to get on my nerves about as much as he’s bothering Luongo.

All Byfuglien nonsense aside, with the game time scratch of Demitra, it was Raymond bumped to the second line and Pyatt inserted for the first time since he left to mourn the passing of his fiancee. I’ll admit, before becoming Sundin’s harshest critic, (okay maybe second harshest, Iain MacIntyre is just ridiculous, he needed another Swede to rag on after Markus left) I was pretty rough on Taylor. Now I just fee bad ragging on him because of what happened, but in all seriousness he played much better than I expected him to.

I expected the odd gaff or two, missed pass, screwed up play. None of those from number 9 in an important game 3. In fact, Pyatt out there was part of a consistent 3rd line that played shut down hockey when we needed them to. He blocked a shot or two, he laid a few hits, none bigger than the one just before he took a penalty where he layed out a Blackhawk behind the Khabibulin’s net. It was good to have him back and it looks like the team was happy to have him back. He’s a big boy, he needs to start using that size of his.

The Canucks played a statement game. I said they would in my last post, and they came to play. Blowing multi goal leads three games in a row is a formula for nothing good and they showed they could shut it down when they needed to. While the bandwagon is slowly piling on again, this by no means is a sign the Canucks are home free. They played a better game. They played a full 60 minutes, but there are certainly a few more issues that need to be fixed. The Canucks look to be back on track. It took them 2 games to get their game back together, but they finally look like they did back in the St. Louis series. The Blackhawks if this continues are going to have to look for a few aces up Joel Quenville’s sleeve.

  • Steve-uk

    A statement indeed. Although it was kind of a scrappy game, it did show we have the grit and determination.
    The Canucks showed that we can close the hawks down and that we can slow them down. The hawks are quick, frightningly quick at times. What we saw last night was a team that took no crap. From Bobby through all the lines we saw a team determind not to be pushed around by the hawks stupid games.
    Bieksa was awesome, just short of 28 mins ice time. Sure footed, mature play and showing some agression.
    A compltely different team from Saturday night, thank the lord.
    Salo is flying out to join the team, Ohlie is fit, all bodes well.
    I still think it will go to 6 games.

  • Steve-uk

    A statement indeed. Although it was kind of a scrappy game, it did show we have the grit and determination.
    The Canucks showed that we can close the hawks down and that we can slow them down. The hawks are quick, frightningly quick at times. What we saw last night was a team that took no crap. From Bobby through all the lines we saw a team determind not to be pushed around by the hawks stupid games.
    Bieksa was awesome, just short of 28 mins ice time. Sure footed, mature play and showing some agression.
    A compltely different team from Saturday night, thank the lord.
    Salo is flying out to join the team, Ohlie is fit, all bodes well.
    I still think it will go to 6 games.

  • Windy City Canuck

    Richard,

    I was at the game last night and I don’t know if this was ever caught on TV but every single timeout, Byfuglien would jump off the bench and skate up to Luongo as Luongo was going to the Canuck bench and start yelling at him. It was comical.

  • Windy City Canuck

    Richard,

    I was at the game last night and I don’t know if this was ever caught on TV but every single timeout, Byfuglien would jump off the bench and skate up to Luongo as Luongo was going to the Canuck bench and start yelling at him. It was comical.

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