Two Games In…
I was determined to post my thoughts on the Canucks’ win in Detroit on Thursday, but figured that just watching one game was not going to be enough to at least guess what they might be capable of this year (yeah, like two games will be any better…)
I was impressed with the way that played against Detroit, which is still one of the better teams in the league. But I felt that the game against Columbus last night might have been a better showing of what might be expected from the team this year.
Yeah, they fell behind 2-0 to a team that they dominated in every way in the second period, but the second goal could hardly be blamed on Luongo when it deflected in off of Willie Mitchell’s leg. The two-man disadvantage that they were already in was the reason for the second goal, anyway. One of the things that the Canucks are going to have to learn this year is to stay out of the penalty box with stupid penalties.
But even after falling behind by two goals, it was good to see that they weren’t willing to just pack it in and start thinking about Colorado on Sunday. They kept grinding away, determined to at least make a decent showing, and it definitely paid off, with Daniel Sedin scoring two goals in a little under three minutes to tie the game and then get the winner in overtime.
Last year the Canucks were one of the most dominant teams in the NHL. On paper. With a bunch who couldn’t get it done when it counted, the season ended for them pretty much they way they deserved to have it end.
If they keep playing the way that they have for the first two games, they’ll have much more success in the playoffs next spring. Because they’ll definitely be in the post-season if they keep this up.