28 March 2010
In what was suppsed to be a bounce back game for Luongo, the second period just killed the Canucks. Actually the Canucks in the second period killed themselves. Luongo himself didn't actually play that badly, it was just mistakes made by the Canucks that cost them the game, **cough cough* Edler!
The Canucks were up 1-0 after the first from a weak goal that was let in by Nabokov, the type of weak goal that we've seen Luongo make far too often recently. In the second period, Dany Heatley faked a pass then rifled a shot over Luongo's shoulder, a pretty goal if you were a Sharks fan. The Sharks then gained energy, looked dangerous and Edler decided to help them out. Alex Edler, who was at the point wasn't able to contain the puck and instead sprung forward Marleau. Clearly he then scored because Luongo, although good in shootouts, not so good on breakaways. Looks of excitement on Marleau's face after he skate away from that goal.
Later in the second, Joe Thornton went into the boards awkwardly and ended up with what looked like to be an injury to his knee. Ryane Clowe went to defend Thornton while Thornton was seen crawling along the ice on his hands and knees. Brutal to watch. No penalties ended up being called out of the scrum which left a bewildered looking Vigneault.
The Canucks came back in the third period strong outshooting the Sharks 13 to 7. Daniel Sedin added a goal on the powerplay making it 3-2. But in the end weren't able to come back.
If we skipped over the 2nd period, the Canucks looked good playing against the Sharks. Of course there was no Thornton in the third period, but Pavelski filled in nicely for him. With the Sharks splitting up Marleau, Thornton and Heatley, it showed that they are able to roll three lines if in the playoffs their top line with them together gets shut down. That really is encouraging for Shark fans. As a positive for the Canucks the goals that Luongo let in weren't terrible or worrying like the ones he's let in in the past few weeks. The Canucks will now have some time to rest as the next game isn't until Tuesday against the Coyotes.
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