Canucks Report: Game of the Year
GAME OF THE YEAR
By Nolan Kelly
Seems the Canucks and Sharks are getting some high praise for the spectacular, end to end, gut wrencher of a game they played last night.
NHL.com is calling it the game of the year, while the Twitterverse is abuzz with similar commentary.
ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun: “Just finished watching the Canucks Sharks game. Wowsers, I mean Wowsers. One of the best games of the season”.
In case you missed it, here are a few highlights.
“He bailed us out. It was one of the best performances by a goalie I’ve seen this year.”
Schneider stopped 44 of 48 shots for the victory, improving his record to 13-3-2 on the season.
The Canucks further widened their gaping lead in the West to 11 points over the 2nd place Detroit Red Wings. With the Flyers victory last night, the Canucks remain seven points clear of the Flyers in the President’s trophy race.
END OF THE ROAD
The Canucks wrap up their season long five game road trip tomorrow night in Calgary. Having won their first four on the second to last road trip of the season, the Canucks are guaranteed a .500 or better road trip for the sixth straight time this season (minimum three games).
They are: 2-1, 2-2-1, 3-0, 3-0, and 2-2-1, and 4-? in their six road trips. The final trip is a four game East Coast swing at the end of March. If the team manages to go .500 or better, it will be the first time in franchise history the Canucks have completed an entire season without a losing road trip (minimum three games).
The Canucks travel to Calgary tomorrow night for a divisional battle with the Flames.
Calgary, once firmly entrenched as a bottom feeder in the Western Conference, have won 17 of their last 24 games, and now sit in 6th place in the West with 81 points.
Former Canuck Brendan Morrison is a big reason for the Flames streak, having registered 22 points in his last 21 games. He will be out until the start of playoffs with a knee injury, though. Flames Captain Jarome Iginla has been equally hot, tallying 30 points in his last 29 games.
The Flames are still 16 points back of the Canucks in the Northwest division.
There is a very good chance these teams could meet in the first round of the NHL playoffs, which, if history is any indicator, might not be a bad thing:
1982 - (Van wins series 3-0) Vancouver goes to Stanley Cup Final.
1983 & 1984 the two teams met, but neither went anywhere.
1989 - (Cgy wins series 4-3) Flames go to Stanley Cup Final.
1994 - (Van wins series 4-3) Canucks go to Stanley Cup Final.
2004 - (Cgy wins series 4-3) Flames go to Stanley Cup Final.