The Best from the West was 2!!!!
March 2,2009....and if we don't get through customs it will be tomorrow!!!
It proved to be the Wild Wild West for the CBJ. It started in
Now….why was it WILD??????....the
Why was it Wild???? Can you say bi-polar? Oh my gosh…going from painting a Mona Lisa to stinking up Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver has everyone’s wits at end. The CBJ had 3 days off (that may have been a problem) and started the game as if quick sand had been deposited on BC Place ice. No legs…no intensity…a game where no one could get anything going except Steve Mason. He was good. Anticipation was his middle name tonight….until a 5on3 PP with Tyutin and Nash in the box. Sami Salo let go a “string seeking rocket” to the glove side of Mason with one of the Sedin twins parked in front of the 24 square feet. This took place with only 5 seconds left on the clock in period one. At the beginning of the second period, with time running out on Nash’s minor, Ryan Kesler, the 2 year OSU product tipped in a Mats Sundin shot for his 19th of the year, making it a 2-1 contest.
The CBJ were not out of it. They were outshot 22-9 through 2 periods until Rick Nash stuffed in a rebound at of period 3. Interesting enough the CBJ was right back in it. The first key of the game tonight was to adhere to 2 components of success for a possible win…#1…check effectively in all 3 zones and #2…to not allow odd man rushes……well…the checking was minimal at best, but there was a melee of odd man rushes that consummated the final outcome. Up 2-1 the Canucks made transition with a 3on1 with Alex Burrows and the twins. A rising rocket beat Mason on the glove side to make it a 3-1 game and the CBJ never threatened again.
Outshot 30-20 on the night, it was one of those nights that reflected a Hitchcock coaching performance against the CBJ by
So it is back to NWA to play a Tuesday night tilt against the LA Kings. It will be a tough task for sure….Anytime a team comes back to the eastern time zone and plays within 48 hours makes it a difficult proposition. It is the task. No excuses. The team must and should be ready under the tutelage of
The playoff run continues…..is it ever stressful for all players, coaches and even the broadcasters who have yet to feel the thrill of playoff hockey!!!!.....gotta love it!!
The CBJ are right in the thick of it all.
Stay tuned!! There is some hockey to be played!!