Canucks dominate, take Game 2
Oh baby. There was a lot to like about the Canucks 7-3 spanking of the San Jose Sharks, but lets try to narrow it down.
First, Ben Eager might just be named MVP of the second game, mostly because he ran Daniel Sedin from behind, igniting the Sedins and sparking a four goal third period. He took four penalties, and was an amazing -2 in only ten minutes of ice time. Thanks alot Big Ben. Remind me to send you a fruit basket. The most hilarious thing is, down two nothing in the series, and 7-3 in the game, Eager actually celebrated a last minute garbage goal. Then he promptly took a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, proving the endless depths of his class.
Second, the Sedins proved that their mid-playoff slump is officially over. Daniel had two goals, and Henrik had three assists in their second straight dominating game.
Lastly, when Alain Vigneault trotted his out first unit powerplay with five minutes left and the score 6-2, he sent a resounding message to each and every member of the Sharks hockey club- Don't Fuck with the Canucks.
The Sharks were undisciplined, over matched, and, simply put, out classed.
They started off well enough, with Logan Couture scoring a beautiful powerplay goal about four minutes into the game. However, Daniel Sedin scored his seventh of the playoffs on the powerplay, with a nice little snapshot that went through Niemi's legs.
Then, around thirty seconds later, it was Raffi Torres scoring his second goal of the playoffs, barely tapping the puck past Niemi.
Patrick Marleau managed to tie the game on a bad goal by Luongo with about ten minutes left.
It was all Canucks after that.
Kevin Bieksa scored on a breakaway-a freaking breakaway- to make the game 3-2 twelve minutes into the second.
In the third, Chris Higgins scored on a powerplay, as did Daniel Sedin for his second of the contest, then Aaron Rome joined into the action for his first of the playoffs.
Mason Raymond scored his second of the playoffs on the powerplay as well to make the score 7-2, and then the aforementioned Eager scored in the dying minutes to make it 7-3.
Before I end this blog, I'd like to make a bit of a bold statement. As bad as Eager was tonight, showing he is nothing but a pugilistic penalty machine, Todd Mclellan showed even less class by consistently putting him on the ice, no doubt in an effort to get "into the Canuck's heads" or whatever bullshit excuse he'll have in the postgame interview.
Well good job Toddy, you got so far into the Canucks psyche that they were only able to score seven goals!
That being said, if the Canucks think every game is going to be like this, they had better watch themselves. Roberto Luongo has had a history of playing poorly in the Shark Tank, and it hasn't exactly been roses for the rest of the squad. If the Canucks relax even for a second, this could become a series.