March 22 2012 02:49PM
Alex Burrows and the rest of the Canucks took obvious and expected exception to
Duncan Keith's terrible elbow to Daniel Sedin's head.
(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
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March 22 2012 12:59PM
Comraderie. Hugs. Togetherness.
Canucks will need some community spirit to get some goals without their leading goal scorer.
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Game Day Recon: Game #74 - Canucks @ Stars
The Vancouver Canucks don't get much time to dwell on the big battle with the Blackhawks last night, or the likely concussion to Daniel Sedin. They immediately boarded a flight to Big D to face the Stars in the second half of back-to-back road games. The scene at the American Airlines Center tonight will surely demonstrate the exact opposite atmosphere as last night. While the United Center was filled to the rafters with screaming fans (some of whom had heard of the team before 2009), Dallas' arena promises to be a nearly desolate wasteland of fandom.
Is this total shift in emotion a good thing for the Canucks tonight, or will the obvious emotional letdown signal guaranteed-loss night?
March 22 2012 11:19AM
In the aftermath of Duncan Keith and Daniel Sedin's dueling elbows, Sedin is flying back to Vancouver for further evaluation (it's suspected that he's concussed) while Duncan Keith is readying his preposterous "I didn't even feel the first headshot" defense for his phone hearing with Shanahan.
After Keith's hit the game devolved into an ugly one, as the Canucks gooned it up and targetted Keith (as well as netminder Corey Crawford) with a series of retributive plays. The official, Dan O'Halloran, blew the call on Sedin's headshot of Duncan Keith, and then blew the call on Keith's hit on Daniel (how that wasn't a major penalty, I'll never understand). The result was that he completely lost control of the game for about thirty minutes of game-time, and it wasn't until the pace of the game normalized during a high-flying third period that one remembered how entertaining games between the Blackhawks and Canucks can be, when they're not marred by petty thuggery on both sides.
Read past the jump for more on the aftermath of the two hits.
March 22 2012 10:06AM
As the Canucks crawl towards the postseason, it is becoming painstakingly obvious that the team isn’t giving a full and committed effort each game. It isn’t like they are trying to tank (like a certain divisional rival the past few seasons), but they aren’t willing to risk injury or fatigue. When you combine that mentality with the fact that the teams they are playing are desperate for points, it becomes clear why they are losing more than they are winning right now.
Read past the jump!
March 21 2012 11:53PM
(This didn't actually happen in this game. Do you really think Keith would have answered the bell?)
It was close, it was painful, it was thrilling, but most importantly the Vancouver Canucks put forward a strong second half effort in a game that was overshadowed by a sideshow of Duncan Keith elbowing Daniel Sedin in the face and walking away with a two-minute minor. There was a lot of emotion in the game after that incident, but cooler heads prevailed in the end and the teams played a penalty-free, open ice game of hockey in the third period in a game that was taken to overtime.
From there, the Canucks had pressure, but Chicago got the only two chances of the extra frame, with Andrew Shaw re-directing a Johnny Oduya shot from in close that fooled Roberto Luongo and gave the Blackhawks two points.
This game had a big negative (other than the loss) but some positives as well. For full analysis, scoring chances, the Statistical Three Stars and Goats, click past the jump...