Well, the result wasn’t very good, but at least Alain Vigneault’s team put a good game on the ice. On the night, I thought the Canucks deserved better. If they do as well on Tuesday, I think they’ll win.
Other random thoughts:
1) I didn’t agree with Vigneault’s decision to start Schneider but I understand his thinking. If the Canucks win, great. If the Canucks lose, he comes back with Luongo in game seven. On the other hand, if he went with Luongo and Roberto played poorly, his decision in game seven would be a nightmare.
Schneider made some nice saves, but he did misplay the puck into two easy Chicago goals.
2) I did like the way Vigneault managed his bench throughout the game. All three lines he chose to play when he shortened the bench played well. The top four defensemen – Bieksa, Hamhuis, Edler and Ehrhoff – were excellent after Salo was hurt.
3) Will the Canucks get a call in this series? I didn’t like the penalty shot – was Frolik really in alone? – decision at all. Its okay to clean the ice when the Hawks are caught on an icing? The Hawks shoot it out of play and none of the officials know if it should be a penalty. Raffi Torres gets a dubious goaltender interference penalty. Brian Bickell lays out Kevin Bieksa with a headshot that produced nothing.
I don’t know what is a good or bad call any more, but it would be nice to get one, just once in a while.
4) A loss is a loss, but at least it was a fun game to watch.