Clinched Playoff

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An OT loss for the Canucks means that the Calgary Flames have moved back into the 3rd position of the Western Conference. This one point also means that the Canucks have clinched playoff spot this season. A 6-5 OT loss against a team desperate for playoff berth is…maybe acceptable, to a certain extent. However, blowing a 2-goal lead near the end of the second period is something Vancouver fans should worry about.

Tonight’s game , if anything, showed that Captain Roberto Luongo is not as team1040 sportscaster says playing his best hockey this time of the season. But the silver-lining maybe the continual strong play of the Sedin twins and Burrows, also the production of the RPM line, providing significant offense when needed.

Canucks pulled even after an early 2-0 deficit with goals from Henrik Sedin and Kyle Wellwood. Starting the second period, the Canucks widen the score with two quick goals from Burrows and Daniel. Three minutes later, Bobby Ryan showed why he’s the second overall pick behind Sidney Crosby with an outstanding individual effort to get the Ducks to within one goal. Kesler made it a 2-goal game during the middle-mark of the game.

With a two-goal lead, the Canucks looked to secure their 3rd spot in the West and seemingly let down on defense. Anaheim capitalize the mistakes of the Canucks with two quick goals from Getzlaf and Selanne.

Third-period proved no more goals from both teams, and Overtime solved nothing.

Some criticize the shoot-out arrangement from Coach Alain Vigneault, but nonetheless Corey Perry’s goal on Luongo is maybe one Roberto wish he can have back, because at his A-game, Luongo would’ve stop Perry shot easily.

Still, the Canucks are in great shape entering the last 5 games of the season. Point-wise, tied with the Flames, Calgary leads Vancouver on technical terms with two more wins. The next game will be in Edmonton on Saturday, against the Oilers which are close to being official eliminated from the playoffs. The Oilers have to win all remaining 4 games and the Blues have to lose all remaining games for them to eligible for post-season.

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