Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks @ GM Place
Who doesn't love men in full-body, green, spandex outfits? Especially when they make fools of themselves on the telly. Sorry boys, tonight's story isn't about you.
Last time these two teams met, Vancouver finished their 4-game roadtrip on a dull note losing to the Preds. In that same game, Alexander Edler suffered an upper body injury that sidelined him a couple of weeks. Tonight, Edler made his return as we try to not repeat history.
What haven't we seen from the Canucks this season? Well one thing is for sure, Shane O'Brien is playing with confidence I've never seen before. Scoring last game's lone goal against the St. Louis Blues, O'Brien played tonight with great confidence. Rising up to the challenges and taking chances that he would probably never have dared to do before.
Just for laughs, Dave Scatchard. In the first period, he was sent to the penalty box where he was provided great entertainment. Scatchard met the Guys in Green (as I am calling them) dancing and doing really odd things against (and not against) the glass. Nice to see the guys smile in the box once in a while.
You'd think that after 3 days of rest, Nashville would provide more of a threat to the Canucks, but they didn't. After 3 days of rest, they brought 6 shots to the Canucks' 14.
Under 6 minutes gone and after a Nashville PP, Ryan Kesler received a hit from Shea Weber. Kesler wasn't so happy about that and challenged the BC native to a battle of the fists. With me being the judge, I'd have to give this one to Weber with the demanding take-down.
Tonight, I chose my Canucks fantasy pool on pure whim. The only person that I chose that I normally chose was Henrik Sedin. Everyone else was just, "oh, what the hay!" choices. Turned out, I'd reap the benefits.
Kyle Wellwood, playing the best game of the season thus far, kept the play alive after Tanner Glass rung a shot off of Dan Ellis's pads. Steve Bernier picked up the second rebound and cashed in on his 10th goal of the season! Glass and Wellwood picked up the assists on the goal (Wellwood and Bernier being the two in my pool).
With 16:23 gone in the second, we cashed in on a PP opportunity. Henrik Sedin made the hard pass to his twin Daniel in the perfect shooting lane. With perfection comes spectacles and Dany made the spectacle of a goal that diminished all ideas of the second period being our achilles heel.
Third period, Sami Salo fired a shot past a jumping flamingo named Martin Erat and Dan Ellis. Henrik and Daniel Sedin drew the assists, but thanks to Jannik Hansen (and Dan Hamhuis) providing the screen, the goal went in and put us up 3-0.
Dany gave back a little to his brother later in the period. Alex Burrows kept the puck in and alive by being in the right place at the right time. A pass to Daniel behind the net followed and then a pass to the front of the net for Henrik. The Swede-ist twins in the business made more magic for the Vancouver fans by netting the Canucks' 4th goal of the night.
Everything was looking very good for the home team... until Nashville ended Roberto Luongo's shutout. A soft shot by Patric Hornqvist got under the arm of Luongo to end the goose egg.
In the end, we won. That's all that really matters in the end, right? One bad goal could be let go (just a little) with the win and outshooting the Preds 36-21. What a way to bring in the holidays, eh?
(1) Henrik Sedin
(2) Daniel Sedin
(3) Kyle Wellwood