I've watched every game this season and I"m kinda wondering what some of you guys have been watching / smoking.
It was *not* by a long shot Louongo's best game of the season, he wasn't outstanding, he did the job but the team in front of him was playing much better defensively.
The penalties were not egregious, some were important, others were mis calls.
Edler's looked good since his very first game with the big team, it's something sportscasters seem to love repeating about how young he is and how good a game he's just had, but...he *always* plays that way.
Naslund has had more fire and energy in *most* of the previous games this season than he did last season, sure he had a couple of good plays last night, but overall he's been playing that way more often than not all season.
This wasn't the Canucks best game of the season in terms of impressive displays of skill and talent, maybe best in terms of winning after sucking, but there have been plays in more than one game this season when I thought to myself that a player was "back" to good form. The fact is all the players have shown excellence at one time or another, just not strung it together consistently. My worry is this game is a one-off, consistency is their most important asset and they need to have that above everything else right now.
Sure they needed a win badly, so did the fans, but that's not any reason to throw all logic out the window and start planning the parade.
Don Cherry pissed me off when he chewed out Vigneault for calling out "Bieska" and Mitchell saying those guys have heart and should be untouchable. That's completely unfair, Vigneault was asked a question and very mildly and completely accurately replied. Eastern reporters have blown it out of proportion, shoved it in the faces of the players to the point where they seemed to think it was much worse than it was and responded negatively towards the coach.
That save by Weaver was pretty awesome, but he would have been the goat if it had gone in. My biggest peeve of all with defensemen is when they try to play goaltender, either facing towards the net digging at the puck (they should never face the goal mouth for any reason, they shouldn't even be able to describe what their goalies mask looks like). Sure it was awesome and cool but it was millimeters away from being stupid. He was blocking Luongo's view of it and there's nothing to say Louie wouldn't have had it anyway.
The lack of a time out call did seem strange, I bet you if it was just a mistake on Vigneault's part and he is asked about it by a reporter he will say it was a mistake and make no excuses.
Who else thinks this schedule is sucking, almost a week between games? Is this all going to catch up with them with a whole whack of back to backs?