It was nice to watch those two games against Edmonton after the game that will never be mentioned again. The boys came out with a much better effort and deserved those back to back wins. Maybe we got a little lucky with the weak goaltending tandem but I liked the way the lines looked. I am delighted Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison are playing so well and getting to play together! Six points in six games for Nazzy and five for Mo. Ryan Kesler looks promising as well. Sure he missed some chances, but he’s creating space with his speed and size, and the goals will come soon. If we had their line and the Sedin line scoring consistently, the offense is looking to be in pretty good shape. That power play shift on Saturday was absolutely gorgeous! Two plus minutes of sustained puck control in Edmonton’s zone. I was on the edge of my seat. And then to finally be rewarded with that goal. Definitely one of my favorite hockey watching moments.
The Sharks game was pretty disappointing. The first two periods I thought the Canucks played great. They matched the Sharks pace and physical play and managed to keep them off the score sheet. Shortly into the third we got sloppy and left room for the Thorton line to get going and that was it. Luckily we don’t have to see the Sharks at home for the rest of the season.
I’m not too worried yet. The defence can definitely be a lot better than it has been. They’re slowly getting back to where they should be. It will also help having Sami Salo back in the line up soon. The boys can really start getting some chemistry with their defence partner, and we’ll see what the real top four looks like. The offense looks promising. It would be nice if they had the number one penalty kill in the league again. Wins have all been against division teams which is always a good thing. Friday, I’m hoping the boys can get their second win at home!