Written on January 29, 2013 at 01:04, by headtothenet
Vancouver has a 2-0 lead!! Oh crap…
-by J.D. Burke
Could this first round playoff rematch have been any more anti-climactic? Talk about a second coming of the dead-puck era. The Canucks return to Vancouver from their California road trip with a 1-1-1 record – they’re 2-2-2 overall.
Five thoughts on the game
1. Special teams disappoint: The Canucks were blanked on the power play for the second straight game. They were 0 for 3 on the man advantage tonight, which brings their streak to 12 straight power plays without a goal.
Worse: the Canucks were the first team to surrender a power play goal to the Kings this season, whose PP was 0 for 23 going into the game.
2. Lapierre clearly hobbled: While Max Lapierre continues to struggle with his groin injury, his minutes have declined. Lapierre has averaged 8:40 in ice time over the last two games while he averaged 13:27 before.
Whatever happened to the Canucks’ depth at centre?
3. Burrows adjusting to centre: Alex Burrows had his best game of the season. He had the most ice time since his switch with 21:36 and he won 44 per cent of his faceoffs.
Burr also had his second straight game with a goal – a beauty wrap around with a nice head fake on Jonathan Quick. The only negative – that questionable shootout move.
4. Luongo was great: Roberto Luongo’s performance in net was amazing. He made a potential save of the year candidate on Dustin Brown in the first and he robbed Jordan Nolan alone in front in the second.
He had 26 saves in total, and stopped 2 of 3 shooters in the shootout.
5. Canucks hate 2-0 leads: Three 2-0 leads, three losses. Vancouver essentially stopped playing offense following their second goal.
Being outshot 18-10 over the 2nd and 3rd periods could be a good lead-defending plan for the Whitecaps, but it might not be right for this Vancouver team.
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Loyal HTTN fan and Twitter follower @Brina_M sent us this picture during the game. I don’t know how no one ever spotted the likeness before.