Blue Jackets 1 @ Canucks 3 (final)
Another quicky. The Canucks won another big game today against conference rival Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s of course a big game considering the tight race in the west, and another must-win 4-point game for the Canucks.
The boys played a solid game, despite a few horrible give-aways, against a much-improved Columbus team coached by Ken Hitchcock. It wasn’t a very eventful game, as it went by pretty quickly. The Canucks captured the momentum most of the time, starting off with Salo’s point-shot goal. Isn’t it funny how Daniel does his little jump in front of the goalie?? Well it seems to be working lately, as I remembered his screen help scored a few goals in the past few games. Maybe it’s because his wierd jump distracts the goalie from the shot.
Sundin played a good game as well, earning him two assists, especially on the tip-in by Kesler. Sundin well-positioned during a powerplay fired a slapshot which changed direction and beat red-hot rookie goalie Chris Mason.
Entering the third, Rick Nash closed the gap with his 27th goal of the season making it 2-1. The Canucks were on the edge a bit until clutch-scorer Alex Burrows scored with 8-minutes remaining in the game. It was another poor-play against the board for the Blue Jackets which resulted with a 3-on-1 rush, and Burrows made no mistake with his patented slap-shot.
The Canucks is on another 2-game winning streak, winning six out of the last seven games. They still sits at the 5th spot, now with a 4 point cushion on top of Columbus, and 5 points ahead of 7th and 8th placed Edmonton and Anaheim. The team will play another home game against Minnesota on Tuesday. The Wild, still very much within playoff contention, sits 2 points away from Edmonton and Anaheim, while playing one fewer game than the Oilers, and three fewer games than the Ducks. This will be another big game for both teams.