Last night’s 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks wasn’t pretty, but it sure was entertaining.
You know, kinda like Sarah Silverman.
At times, the game was sloppy, but featured some great plays. It featured a few fluke goals and some very good saves. And as what seems to be the norm in the NHL these days, the officiating was atrocious – for both sides.
What wasn’t atrocious was how the Canucks earned the win. They were trailing midway through the third period when league assist leader, Henrik Sedin, scored on a spectacular passing play with Daniel Sedin and Mikael Samuelsson. Roberto Luongo made 45 saves and earned his 25th win of the season, tying him for the league lead. Daniel Sedin scored the game-winner, his second point of the night and league-leading 69th point of the season.
What is impressive is how the Canucks keep rolling. Since their 7-1 home ice spanking at the hands of these same Blackhawks, the Canucks are 24-4-6. For those counting at home, that’s 4 regulation losses in 34 games. In fact, as Jeff Paterson pointed out this morning, the Canucks’ 54 points in that span is more points than nine NHL teams have for the entire season.
A few of the Canucks attribute that 7-1 loss as the turning point of their season. (For us in the Canucks blogosphere, we attribute that loss to our hurting livers.) To the Canucks’ credit, they learned from their loss – cliche, I know – and here they are now with a 9-point lead on 2nd place Detroit in the Western Conference and an 18-point lead (!) on the Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Division.
In the immortal words of one Vancouver sports talk radio personality, how good is that?