Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks @ Rogers Arena
Both without a tally in the 'W' column, both teams looked to lock onto their first win of the season.
Stever Bernier and Darcy Hordichuk also make their return to Vancouver after being traded and claimed off waivers to the Sunshine state.
Right from puck-drop, this game had a different look/feel than Saturday's match against LA. The zippiness of the puck play the Canucks had was blinding! They moved from one end to the other in great transition and zip! But with great chances and quick transitions, great goaltending comes in. Both ends of the ice were dominant in the crease, keeping blazing chances out of the net in sniper-esque manners. Tomas Vokoun and Roberto Luongo showed their skill set and their value to their respective clubs.
There was bound to be a falter some time though. A couple of minutes pass the half-way mark, Henrik Sedin wins the face-off and the sputtering puck is spun by the stick of Mikael Samuelsson and is shovelled by Daniel Sedin into the back of Vokoun's net! It's a pretty Swede deal if I do say so myself. And the repeat again to regain the lead in the third period!
It wasn't for a lack of effort that the Panthers played tonight. They played quite well, but tonight the Swedes were better. Roberto Luongo did play as the better goalie (no offence, Vokoun) stopping 41 shots to Vokoun's 33. The only shot that did beat Luongo was a funny bounce off of Alex Edler's skate.
Tonight, it was a Swede night and no one could deny it. The top line consisting of three Swedes got us our two points tonight, if not Luongo. Those three had skills and only some of them were displayed tonight. What more can we expect from these three? And when Alex Burrows comes back from injury, will he resume his place on the top-line or join Ryan Kesler (his Frick & Frack half) on the second line?
(1) Daniel Sedin
(2) Roberto Luongo
(3) Tomas Vokoun