Game File 25: Canucks 1 Blue Jackets 0

The Good

The Canucks got back on track with a solid effort tonight.  Again outshooting and out chancing their opponent by a considerable margin.  A total of 33 shots on net with only 24 against when it game to an end.

Alex Burrows put in another outstanding effort.  I didn’t give him the credit he deserved in that loss to Colorado.  But Burrows is bringing everything he has to the rink every game. 

Luongo was stellar, and held Columbus off the scoresheet for his second shutout as a Canuck. 

While Luongo was a great penalty killer, the entire team stepped up tonight and Columbus went 0-8 on the powerplay.  Especially in the last minute when Morrison took a good tripping penalty when Nash was driving the net with a bit of open ice.

Nazzy has 12 goals now, and is on pace for 40.  You can see his determination in every game he’s in and isn’t giving up hope on this making the playoffs this year.  I like that even though I don’t believe it.  That’s what your leader needs to do.

The Bad

You have to be skilled to score 20 goals in the NHL.  But why is it you see Jan Bulis standing still so often.  In one particularly noticable play, he broke into the Columbus zone, lost the puck a bit in the defensemans skates, then simply stood there.  No effort, no quick motions to find or gain control of the puck.  After standing their, he slowly skated back to the bench.

If Alain Vigneault wants to hold his players accountable, start by playing Bulis less.  He still got over 14 minutes of ice tonight. 

I know Daniel was out last game with an Oblique injury, but 8 games without a goal is getting to be a bit much for our top left winger.

It should be no surprise, the team has only scored 2 goals in their last 3 games.

The Ugly

Only one goal against one of the worst teams in the league?  So we are better than Columbus.  But not by much. 

And they’ve gone to the extreme measure of changing their coach already this season.

Changing the coach isn’t an option for us.  So the question is, what is?

Other Notes

Jesse Shultz played almost 11 minutes of hockey tonight.  That’s at least two more minutes than Matt Cooke, Trevor Linden, or Josh Green.  Vigneault lived up to his word that Shultz would get every opportunity on an offensive line.  While 11 minutes of ice isn’t earth shattering, it’s definately a lot for a kid that showed the team nothing in the preseason.

What I really found interesting when looking at that was the fact that Cooke only got 8:29 of ice tonight.  That’s strange because he’s a guy the team has historically looked to for a bit of energy and even this season has averaged 14:49 per game. 

I wasn’t at the game, but couldn’t help but hear the boo-birds out at GM Place tonight whenever Carter touched the puck.  I know the fans have a right to voice their opinion, it’s why I write this blog.  But why are you booing Anson Carter?  He was here for one year and did a great job.  Blame it on Nonis for not getting him back, not on Carter himself.  The Boo-birds are being a bit ridiculous and mindless on this one.

The Chief Canuck

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3 Comments on “Game File 25: Canucks 1 Blue Jackets 0”

  1. Johan Says:

    Statistically, Matt Cooke has been awful, but he still holds some respect around the league. Its hard to tell if he has made some other contribution, ie. energy, or he jsut hasn’t had much puck luck, but how come AV, as far as I know, hasn’t held him accountable yet.

    Also, how about trading Kes and Bulis for Brule and Carter. It would be hilarious to see Brule and Bourdon in the same organization after the Moncton – giants series.


  2. Well I think that AV held him accountable last night by putting him on the fourth line.

    As for Kesler, they can’t trade him for one year because he signed an offer sheet. It would be amazing to get Brule here, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

    Nonis is between a rock and a hard place on this one.

  3. Drew Says:

    God help my friends and family if the CBJ trade away Brule.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, chief. I have a tough time finding other hockey blogs on wordpress. Seems that everyone uses Blogger.

    I’ll be back for sure.


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