Too bad Scats couldn't play, Hodgson/Kesler/Burrows could be one combo we would see on opening night.
I was expecting the Sharks to carry most of the play from the start, but AV has proven once again that he knows what he's doing, starting with an energy line of Burrows/Hordichuk/Hansen that got the crowd into it.
The first period was quite quiet aside from Luongo making his first save lying on the ice, much like Captain Kirk in the 94' playoffs, stacked pads and all, but that was because Joe Thornton got him with his stick. Couple of potential break aways that either Glass or Burrows got their hands on.
Mike Ricci's hair is STILL terrible.
Credit Ferriero's goals to himself, bad bounce for the Canucks on the first one, the second one is him being in the right place at the right time, Cheechoo #2?
If Hodgson stays in the NHL, unless he has another gear for the regular season, he won't be able to do much. Hodgson isn't Sundin slow, but he's closer to it then what he should be at. Either he's not at 100% or he needs to build more strength, he was just pushed off the puck from a Sharks defensemen. Men against boys style. He needs to skate harder.
Raymond played ok, still need to use his speed better. Showed better instincts around the goal mouth, and gets rewarded with the goal. A great move in the shoot out, definitely using his speed confuse the goalie.
Hansen has had a solid game, providing good support in the offensive zone, and had a good block shot on the PK. But that penalty that led to the 2-0 goal, puts him back even with the others on the chopping block. He has redeemed himself to be in contention for a spot on the roster, but he needs to keep it up in order to convince AV and MG.
Grabner is trying, but he just can't manage to get the puck on the net, not even close to getting it on the net. Even Hordichuk hit the net from the red line on the boards. Bobbled the first good scoring chance, he's gotta get that from his feet to his stick, Shirokov style. Visibly benched in the 3rd period, either he's injuried or he's going back to Manitoba for sure. Gets his shot again in OT, even though Nabokov gloved his shot, it was FAR from the net, the shot was way off target again. Man, is he the Ricky Vaughn http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097815/
of hockey? Someone get him some glasses
Glass keeps playing like this, it'll be hard to deny him a shot as the 13th forward, hard working, good wheels, and doesn't give up easily. What a shot. Hard work DOES reward.
Like Glass, Bernier played a very strong physical game tonight, had his chances, good power moves around the net, and gets rewarded on an assist on Glass's goal. (Glasses, LOL)
Edler showed a lot of poise, pulling that back and getting a clear shot through, definitely has more confidence. A year ago I would have expected him to either bobbled it or just shoot it into the defender. Sick move in the shoot out, SICK, another sign that he is up another notch on the confidence level from last year.
Looks like Luongo is already in his mid season form with some of the saves in the 3rd period, and definitely those in OT. Let's hope this carries into the season.
I had to retype this,
Canucks, showing us that, they can win, any ways you want it. Domination by scoring? Check, tight defensive effort? Check, Battle and fight and never say die? Check.
How amazing is it? With out over half of our roster, we beat the defending President Trophy Champion, from behind. Not against their back up, but against their starter.
This signature hates SOB as much as the guy who wrote this signature.