Crisis averted as Vancouver beats Calgary in the shootout
-by J.D. Burke
Zack Kassian became a hero as he sealed the Canucks first victory of the season with his shootout goal. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but it was a win nonetheless. Just imagine a 0-2-1 or 0-1-2 record after the opening homestand – the world would have ended.
Five thoughts on the game
1. If Mason Raymond played Calgary every night, he’d be a millionaire. Wait… Mason Raymond had a great game. Seriously. For some reason he always does against Calgary. On Wednesday, he scored his ninth career goal against Calgary, his highest total against any team.
He wasn’t falling, he wasn’t coughing up the puck, he just didn’t look like the Mason Raymond we’ve come to know and criticize. Here’s to hoping he can keep this kind of play up against better teams, on a more consistent basis.
2. Cory Schneider looked like a starting goalie: Schneider was able to get his GAA out of double digits and had a few great moments in the process.
He was beat cleanly twice, but you can hardly blame him as both goals went in off posts. He made a few key saves to keep his team in it when they took late second period nap, and then continued to carry them through the third.
And in the shootout he stopped four of five Calgary shooters.
3. Another home game, another blown lead: Carrying over from last season the Canucks can’t hold a lead for the life of them. This time it was another 2-0 lead, just like on opening night.
When Raymond scored the go ahead goal, shots were 25-9 for the Canucks. To give you an idea of how lopsided play was in Calgary’s favour for the rest of the game, the shot clock showed 36-36 by the end.
4. Manny Malhotra was pleasantly invisible: Malhotra was some kind of unnoticeable. He logged the most shorthanded ice time of any Canuck forward, and he won 9 of 10 faceoffs.
Considering Malhotra’s never been expected to be an offensive force, the less he’s noticed the better. It means he isn’t screwing up.
5. Zack Kassian is making us forget about Cody Hodgson: Remember when the city collectively wept as Hodgson was shipped out of town for the massive winger? Doesn’t seem like such a bad deal after all…
He had yet another great night with a second effort goal and best of all sealed the victory in the shootout. Not sure if this is good or bad thing, but he was the best player on the Sedins’ line tonight.
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