10.17.2010

Game of the Night


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Vancouver Canucks @ Rogers Arena
1-5 Final

Tonight was Hockey Fights Cancer night, but for the month of October, the entire NHL will be fighting against cancer in various ways.  Jump on board and give your donation now!  And if not now, some time in the future because cancer doesn't just exist for a month.

After 4 previous games, the only goal-scorer that doesn't have the name Sedin or Ehrhoff is Raffi Torres.  In attempts to get the scoring-ball rolling, Alain Vigneault and his coaching staff juggled up the lines.  Mason Raymond with the Sedin's, Samuelsson on the third line, and Cory Schneider in net?

Thanks to jumbling and fast-paced action of the first 5 minutes of the game, a person other than Sedin got the first goal.  The ex-Hurricane Andrew Alberts go the first goal off of his own rebound against Cam Ward's pads.

On the PP, Mason Raymond got the jump start he wanted/needed in his scoring campaigning for the 2010-11 season and scored on the spin-pass from Jeff Tambellini.  The tied-for-22nd PK of Carolina didn't fate any better against the Canucks' 7th-ranked PP.  And looking a bit like Alex Burrows of the past couple of seasons, Mason Raymond got his second of the night by keeping his stick on the ice and just letting Daniel's pass bounce off his stick into the back of the net in the third period.

In this game, everyone was getting their jump start goal!  Along with Alberts and Raymond, Mikael Samuelsson got his first goal of the season just after serving his penalty.  And Patrick O'Sullivan got his first of the season too, but he's with Carolina.  And in the late stages of the game, after countless of chances and relentless effort, Ryan Kesler gets his first of the season.  We've got the ball rolling!!

For Schneider's debut this season, this was a good one!  After three periods, he faced 33 shots and stopped 32 of them.  And some of his saves were 'Lou~' worthy - if he was Luongo and not Schneider.  The last few times I watched Schneider play, I wasn't a whole lot impressed, but tonight he had a confidence about him and contentedness he didn't have before.  I think someone is happy that they got the back-up title under their belt now, eh?  I'm more than confident in our back-up goalie and would love to see what else Schneider has got in that bag of saves of his.  And it doesn't hurt that I really like his mask.  It's a true work of art, I tell you!

Whoever needed to score, scored, and this game just got the entire Canucks' team on the level that they needed to be.  And with this confidence in our back-up, things are looking incredibly high for this new Canucks team.

3 stars:
(1) Mikael Samuelsson
(2) Mason Raymond
(3) Cory Schneider











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