Three Up, Three Down: Shootout in Dallas
The Canucks are in Dallas to face-off with the Stars, but before that, they thought to take in some American Thanksgiving tradition and bought a suite in Jerrywood for the day. Rumour has it, the Sedins were the ones to arrange all this, but you would never hear either of them take credit.
Tonight, we saw the Canucks out-shoot the Stars, but nonetheless, they lose to the best team in the Western Conference in a shootout. This was also the first game the Canucks came back to send into OT after being down after two periods. A few improvements, but still some questions are looming the Canucks, especially in the play of their special teams. However, we have our three standouts in this game. Oddly enough, all three have one thing in common. They are all 35 years old.
1. Daniel Sedin: Daniel was the best skater tonight for the Canucks. A goal to tie it up 1-1 and an incredible assist on the power-play on a goal for Henrik to knot it at 2-2, sending the game to OT and eventually a shootout. That pass to Henrik for the goal ended up using Johnny Oduya like a croquet wicket and shuffling the puck between his legs.
2. Ryan Miller: Ryan Miller was spectacular, but in OT, he was brilliant. That leg stretched out to make that save, unreal. Only Seguin beat Miller in the shootout, but it was enough for the Stars.
3. Henrik Sedin: Captain Hank and his doppelganger seem to be the main source of offense for the Canucks lately. Twins on the power-play are money, even if they don’t always score. When you see them on the ice with the man advantage, they are usually possessing the puck and keeping play in the attacking zone. Tonight, it was no different, but that beautiful twin telepathy they possess resulted in the 2-2 tying goal. Watch Daniel’s pass on Hank’s goal.
1.Alex Edler: I’m not sure where his head has been lately, but the bad passes and turnovers have making him look like Tortorella was still coaching this team. Sometimes I feel he has ear buds on and listening some indie rock and not really paying attention to what is happening around him.
2.Penalty Killing: The Canucks have allowed 14 goals in 12 games, being a man down. Against Dallas, they allowed two goals on five PKs. Do I need to go into it more than that? That is dreadful and for this team, unacceptable.
3.Willie Desjardins: A few things that did not make Willie “real good” in this game vs. the Stars. Willie’s untimely bench minor penalties of ‘too many men’ are often happening. Too many men on the ice in OT should never be happening. Never. If it wasn’t for the stellar play of Miller, the Canucks would have another 3-on-3 OT loss in the books.
Also, Higgins on the shootout? I don’t mind Higgins, but he hasn’t had a goal since early in the last road trip and only two for the year. He hit a post in this game, but it wouldn’t be enough to put him in as the third shooter. However, my biggest gripe with Desjardins is his reluctance to play the young guys more late in the game and especially in OT. My biggest pet peeve in the extra period is Willie’s insistence of having a double D-man combo to hit the ice. Why? 3on3 OT should be all about offense, so let’s just keep it to two forwards and one blue-liner.
Jared McCann: This kid just ‘gets it’. Each and every game, he is improving and willing to work for it. He had four shots on goal against Dallas, and if he keeps that up, the puck will start going into the net again.
Jannik Hansen: Whatever Jannik Hansen is doing out there, it’s creating opportunities for the Sedins that we haven’t seen in a few years. Hansen is Burrows 2.0. He is doing exactly what Burrows did for the twins back in their Art Ross days with a little more speed. Great for us to see, but even better for Daniel and Henrik.
Yannick Weber: A few fans in the twitterverse don’t want to see Weber on the ice, but in all honesty, he hasn’t been as glaringly bad as some seem to think. Between him and Sbisa, the blue line whipping boys positions are currently occupied. I know he’s not the most physical D-man and he is definitely our smallest. He is also a guy who isn’t afraid to shoot the puck from the back end and get it through some traffic. He had 10 shot attempts and a team high five shots on goal. You can’t fault him for working his game to stay in the lineup. Were we not complaining about not shooting enough?
Another overtime loss, another overtime point. Do you remember when the Oilers went to the Stanley Cup final recently? They had less wins than the Canucks, beat them out for the final playoff spot but the amount of OTL’s gave them 8th place and a run to the Stanley Cup. I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to win one of these 3 on 3 overtimes, but I sure would rather take the point than none at all.