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Five notes on Vancouver’s 1-0 win over the Predators

Written on February 23, 2013 at 04:32, by HTTN

The Canucks jumped into the Delorean for another riveting Preds Canucks game

-by Demi Christou

A defensive battle from start to finish, Friday’s game looked like a “first goal wins” scenario by the second period. Edge of your seat stuff, if you love clogged-up neutral zones.

Five notes on the game

1. Doc! Take me back to 2011: Thanks to modern science and the invention of the flux capacitor, fans were able to re-live the same type of low scoring, defensive games we witnessed six times in the 2011 Playoffs.

In nap-inducing fashion, the rematch between goaltending juggernauts Roberto Luongo and Pekka Rinne lived up to the hype. Another throwback to that series — Ryan Kesler looked dominant.

2. Bieksa Injured: Kevin Bieksa hobbled off the ice awkwardly in the first period after a seemingly harmless hit from Hal Gill. Looking closer, the stud defenseman might’ve tweaked something before Gill made his hit — Bieksa clearly dropped an f-bomb before it.

Crappy timing — with five goals in his last six games, Boom Boom has been on fire lately.

3. Dale Weise gets goal 1: Weise will be changing his jersey number to 99 after his offensive performance tonight: he scored 100% more than anyone else in the game.

His first goal of the season was a big one as it broke the 0-0 tie and gave Vancouver the victory.

4. Lou keeps on rollin’, rollin’, rollin’! Roberto Luongo now sits atop the Goals Against Average table, and he jumped up the charts to third in save percentage. One of the players he jumped for that spot? Pekka Rinne.

5. Lappy helps us breathe easy: Just when Canucks fans started to loosen their ties and prepare for the oh so sweet celebratory beer, a slashing call on Alex Burrows made the game interesting with two minutes left.

The 6-on-4 threat was diffused mostly by Maxim Lapierre’s play. He cranked up the pace helped lead Vancouver to their 10th win of the season.