Game 4 – The Price is Right
All that pent up frustration and offensive “almost” that’s been brewing for the first three games came out tonight. The Canucks put up seven goals, Luongo only let in one, the penalty kill after letting one in early in the second denied all other opportunities, and after several highlight reel goals the Canucks gave the fans their first home and season win of the season bringing them to 1-3-0 on the season.
Everything that wasn’t working, all the chances that weren’t being capitalized on on Monday were history tonight as the Canucks jumped on the Canadiens early and never looked back. The Canucks for the fourth consecutive game had no problem getting shots on net, but this time the quality was higher, and they can thank a terrible Montreal defence for helping out a little.
All eyes were on Luongo who was expected to have a comeback game and who when called upon shut the door. He made some key saves late in the game and despite one suspect powerplay goal from the Canadiens which likely deflected off of defenceman Alex Edler, he remained solid and put up a much better performance than the night before.
The Canucks avoided starting 0-4-0 for the first time in franchise history with the win tonight, and Luongo avoided losing his fourth consecutive. Luongo hasn’t lost four starts in row since becoming a member of the Canucks. Ryan Kesler, Steve Bernier, and Mason Raymond all picked up their first goals of the season, Henrik Sedin had two goals, while Burrows and Samuelsson collected their second goals of the season each. The Sedins stepped up to lead this team as we’ve come to expect them to combining for six points on the night in a statement game on home ice. The boos quickly turned to Luus again and Samuelsson had a better game which will help right his plus/minus stats that took a beating against Columbus when he was on ice for the first four Columbus goals and in the penalty box for the fifth.
The Canucks win was an important one as they head into Thanksgiving weekend and a four day break on a positive note. The Canucks next play host to Dallas on Sunday. Marc Crawford will be in town, this time behind the bench of the Dallas Stars and after a huge win like tonight, there’s nothing better than a bit of a break to let the confidence simmer down just below cockiness. The Canucks would have been in tough if they’d had to let another loss fester over four days, and the win must certainly act as a confidence boost, knowing that they can get that offense to click, going into Sunday’s tilt against the Stars.