That’s right folks, even on a 6 on 3 power play with desperation looming, we cannot bury the puck.
We did bury one puck when Vermette came up with a loose puck in the corner but it was in our own net. The 2-0 loss hurts the momentum heading toward the end of the season but no time to sulk. Phoenix has to overcome offensive lapses and bury the puck. Someone needs to put a jobing.com sign in the visitor locker rooms for the Desert Dawgs.
The Canucks came out and controlled the first half of the first period. Finally on a broken play they got a lucky bounce to the stick of Ryan Kesler who buried the game winner. Not a lot of push back from the ‘Yotes until the latter part of the opening stanza. Late in the second period it appeared Sedin scored a goal but after further review it was a kicking motion that led to the goal. Many times tonight did the Canucks bang into Mike Smith with no call. The league has to protect it’s goal tenders. Phoenix may just not get calls without an owner. Something has to change as it seems it takes something graphic to get a call.
In the end you can’t win if you score zero goals in the NHL. Phoenix has shown from time to time they forget to play offense. It was a tight game and could of went either way. Just not our game tonight but Smitty played lights out again. He deserved a better result on this night. Only allowing 1 goal with Vancouver peppering him for 40 shots. On the other end Phoenix only managed 19 shots. Just not good enough.
No room for error as Edmonton becomes a must win and Calgary a game we should win. Must take 4 points home to Glendale for a tilt with the Sharks. Then we can all go and cheer us into a position to make the playoffs.