Game of the Night (Pt. II)

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Game 3: Vancouver Canucks vs. LA Kings @ Staples Center
3-5 Final
Series travels down about 16 driving hours to the City of the Angels.  And after getting the much needed win the Kings needed in Vancouver, could they continue the win streak on their own ice?

A bit Vancouver update to start; Alain Vigneault did a lot of shuffling with the roster.  The top second line was rejoined.  No longer is Pavol Demitra on the second line, but Mason Raymond is.  With Mikael Samuelsson, Ryan Kesler, and Mason Raymond together again the Canucks look more threatening and quicker with the puck.

The very talked about Andrew Alberts has been made a scratch this game 3 and the now healthy Aaron Rome has bumped his way back onto the roster.  But the Canucks still to contain the Kings and keep out of the penalty box.

A little over 2 minutes in, the zippy line that consists of Mason Raymond cashed in like AV hoped they would.  2:09 into the game, Mason Raymond's quick wrister clicked its way into the net.  That was only a little glimpse into the zone domination, chances, and shots the Canucks got on net. 

You know when it's a game 3 when the checks get bigger and the intensity gets hotter.  Nothing summed that up as the big hits thrown by both teams.  The epic hit done by Alex Edler made LA hate him even more.  These two teams got very physical, very early.  Playing the body a lot, hits, and a whole bunch more of little things.

But despite all of their great efforts, the Canucks somehow found their way into the sin bin.  The educated Kings learned from their mistakes and made sure not to miss their opportunity to score.  Drew Doughty scored on the slapper with a whole bunch of traffic in front of Luongo, and then in the second period, Michal Handzus nets a puck that goes over the flying right pad of Louie.  And then another goes into our net from a rebound, from Handzus's stick.

Once the fourth goal went in, Luongo was out and Andrew Raycroft was in.  The four goals weren't all Luongo's fault.  So you bandwagon jumpers - SHAME!  The tears in Louie's eyes made me tear up a little (okay, a lot) and I was so speechless when he had to leave the ice.  I knew it was neccessary, but it hurts still.

Why was Luongo pulled?  First PPG from Doughty: bad PKing by the Canucks.  Lanes were left open and no one was putting pressure against the ones in net.  Second - that was good because there was a good bit of traffic in net.  Third, I honestly deleted that from my memory.  The fourth one was a bad turn over by Wellwood.  In other words, IT IS NOT ALL LUONGO'S FAULT!

Now let me rant about that 'no goal' call.  IT WAS A BLOODY GOOD GOAL!  You monkey spanker of a zebra...  IT WAS NOT A KICKING MOTION!  Burrows's wrap-around attempt wasn't complete and the shot went off of the outside of the Daniel's blade and into the net!  Daniel was trying to STOP!  He was trying to stop and was being pressured by a King shirt causing him to have a stutter-step.  NO KICKING MOTION!

After that, the Canucks played with greater desperation and a new found resurgence of energy got them back in the game, but just like all sports, momentum can easily be changed.  LA thrived on their special teams, getting 3 of their goals on the man-advantage, and shutting down the Vancouver PP thrice.

I'm just done with this game right now.  I can't speak about it and hearing McLean and the guys talk about the no-goal is killing me.  Rock out and I'll see you next game when Vancouver wins!

3 stars:
1) Jack Johnson
2) Drew Doughty
3) Michal Handzus

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