Funny how one game can change the mood among Canucks fans.
After Friday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings, you can almost feel the panic rippling through Canucks Nation. You can almost sense it from the team too when they juggled their line combinations. With various players stuck on 0 goals, coach Alain Vigneault lined Mason Raymond up next to the Sedins, promoted Jeff Tambellini to the second line, and demoted Mikael Samuelsson from the first line to the third line.
Sunday’s 5-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes was huge on a number of levels. As a team, the Canucks exercised their scoring demons and nearly matched their goals total from the first 4 games combined. Individually, Raymond, Kesler, Samuelsson all broke their goal-less droughts. Andrew Alberts scored too but I’m saving that story for another post.
It’s only one game but it was exactly the kind of game the doctor ordered. (Granted, they did this against a team currently in the middle of a road trip from hell, but given the Canucks’ own yearly travel schedule, it’s hard to feel sympathy for any other team logging a lot of air miles.)
It’s only one game, but it at least stopped Canucks fans from jumping on the Leafs bandwagon.
Let’s hope they can keep it up against a flu-ravaged Minnesota Wild team tonight.
Some pregame reading:
- Wild card stacks Canucks’ deck (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Quick-draw Malhotra in an elite circle of stars (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)
- Centre of the action (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)
- Vigneault on who’ll be in goal on road trip (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)
- Raymond likely to stick with twins in Tuesday’s Minnesota game (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)
- Illness sweeping Wild locker room (Michael Russo, Star Tribune)
- Vancouver Canucks counting Manny Malhotra’s face-off prowess (Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight)