Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/24/13
Love ‘ Em & Hate ‘Em Boxscore | Recap The shootout is a fickle beast. The glorified coin toss can be so random yet determines whether the 65 minutes prior was an effort good enough for a win or bad enough for a loss. For the second straight game, the Canucks blew a 2-0 lead to an Albertan team and decided the game in a shootout. On Sunday, the Oilers “won” and panic ensued. Wednesday, the coin went the other way and the Canuck nation can be happy with the first win of the year. Strange way to determine a game. Love ‘Em 1. KA$$IAN It’s only three games, says Jeff Cowan, but Zack Kassian may be closer to achieving potiental than expected. Right now, he’s the player Canuck fans have dreamed of lining up with the Sedins since their draft. He’s the white whale of the NHL, a bruising power forward with the hands of a sniper, in the vein of Todd Bertuzzi or Milan Lucic. His shootout goal was sick, but his best play came when he bowled over Miikka Kiprusoff. He picked up a penalty, but notice that no Flames came in to adminster justice for touching their goalie. He has opponents shook right now. Welcome to the NHL rookie! 2. The Schneiderman John Garrett made a night out of pointing out all three Flames’ goals were scored by posts, as Cory had some weird luck but also made a number of fantastic saves. Dominant in the shootout as well, this was an important game for Cory to get the monkey, and the city, off his back. Still, there might be a bit of an adjustment period for Cory as a starter. Just ask Luongo: Mo’ Starts, Mo’ Problems. 3. Macy Raymond The Canucks second goal was a shocker by Mason Raymond who made a perfect shot into the top corner. It’s been an encouraging start to the year for Raymond, who’s traditionally struggled to find his footing in the line-up. Hate ‘Em 1. Schroeder might be in the doghouse Jordan Schroeder’s first period holding penalty wasn’t a great start for JS to get in AV’s good books, who has a patronage style of doling out ice time. Schroeder was pushed around a bit as well, but got better as the game went on. We’ll see if it was enough to please Vigneault. 2. But seriously shootouts As much as I can whine about them, they’re not going away. Main problem is that the Canucks aren’t built for shootouts. The Sedins aren’t wired for it. See Daniel tonight or Henrik anytime. Alex Burrows is capable, Mason Raymond can surprise once every five times, and Zack Kassian might be a core choice but the Canucks don’t have guys they can lean on to get that extra point. Hope that doesn’t come back to haunt them. 3. Edler on the right side It’s been an adjustment period for Alex Edler. Despite having two goals in the first two games, he’s looked shaky positionally on the right side. The theory was that Jason Garrison would be the one experimenting on that side, and if Edler doesn’t grasp the side soon, it may just come to that. Notes: Kiprusoff surpassed the 35,000-minute plateau with four minutes remaining in the third period. Cory Schneider yielded five goals on 14 shots in a season-opening loss to Anaheim on Saturday. Recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, 2009 first-round pick C Jordan Schroeder had 19 shifts in his NHL debut. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY ON NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jason Kidd to be named general manager of Bucks

USWNT romps Japan 5-2 to win third Women's World Cup title

Report: JPP 'severely injured' hand in fireworks mishap

Blatter: European politicians helped Qatar land World Cup

Report: Cavs considering trading for Joe Johnson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Andrew Quarless found hiding in plant after firing gun

Odell Beckham: I don't want to be known only for 'the catch'

Borland on retirement: Health 'more important' than money

Three NBA teams that improved most early in offseason

Adam Eaton gets 4th of July surprise from brother

Clippers in talks with JaVale McGee, Amar’e Stoudemire

MLB teams who will continue to disappoint in the second half

2015 All-Star starters announced, featuring four Royals

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

WATCH: Carlos Gomez leaves gum, note for Billy Hamilton

Kansas to wear new USA jerseys after request from FIBA

What can the Saints expect from CJ Spiller in 2015?

Isaiah Thomas trolls Kings after Rajon Rondo signing

Kosta Koufos agrees to deal with Kings

Report: Blues in trade talks about Kevin Shattenirk

Report: Gregg Popovich plans to fulfill five-year contract

4-Star LB commits to Kentucky, zings Louisville

Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Odell Beckham doesn't want to be known for 'the catch'

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.