This Canucks team is refreshing. After all that whining about one bad playoff game from the media and those bandwagonning fans that kind of make me giggle because it’s better than punching them out, the guys just said “keep cool babies. We got this”. Then they came out and played a really strong defensive game, got timely scoring, and put those cocky little baby hawks in their place a little bit.
The defence was loads better. They actually remembered that it might be worthwhile to protect that studly Italian guy between the pipes. Oooh Juicey Juice had his best angry face on and him and SOB were just knocking guys away from St. Lou’s blue paint like nobody’s business. I might have purred. Little baby Edler should watch how they do it, because he was just standing there admiring his Swedish cheekbones or something on that freakshow Buyfuglin’s goal. He made up for it in other ways on the score sheet later though so I guess I’ll cut him some slack.
It was really great to see Taylor Pyatt play again and look just fine. He played really well on that third line. I’m sure he’s probably never going to fully recover from this, and it’s heartbreaking, but playing again may help a little. It’s really lovely to see how the guys are taking care of him. They’re a tight group.
It was fun to watch Dimples (Mason Raymond) get his first playoff goal. It was a beauty too. He’s struggled this season for sure but it looks like he’s managed to turn his game around just at the right time. Big Bear deserved his hardworking rebound goal too. Shame about the neckbeard though.
Kes was huge in this game and was doing all the gritty things to contribute. RAWR. That was a nice move to set up Dimples’ goal.
The penalty kill and power play were good again too. I think that was my main worry going into the playoffs. I knew the Canucks were good 5 on 5 but their special teams stats were decidely mediocre. So I guess I’ll just have to dig deeper to find something to complain about. Heh.
Let’s get pumped for game 4.
This was a really beautiful article about Taylor Pyatt in 24 hours. I choked up a little.
Oh and how hysterical is Sami Salo? From the White Towel. H/T to @mozy19 on twitter.
There is something odd going on when it comes to Sami Salo’s injury.
Ask anyone who knows what it is, and you’re greeted giggles and snickers. What is it?
Is it ankle, knee, groin?
“That’s close. Or maybe it’s just a burning sensation when you pee,” Salo said. “You never know.”