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Canucks save goal of the week for bitter rivals
The Vancouver Canucks split their four games this past week with wins over the Avalanche and Blackhawks, leaning on surprise starter Roberto Luongo to backstop the team to victory.
While Roberto Luongo was earning 3rd star of the week honours, Vancouver’s offensive game quietly got the job done this week against one of the league’s toughest teams.
Cory Crawford has yet to allow more than two goals against during regulation this season, and Friday’s contest against the Canucks was no exception.
Crawford and Luongo stole the spotlight while the two bitter rivals squared off in a quiet and controlled matchup, trading sparse chances before settling things in a shootout.
Edler has been oddly effective
While defenceman Alex Edler has been oddly effective in the shootout in the past, it was his in-game finish that had Canucks fans buzzing on Friday night.
After earning goal of the week honours to begin the season, Zack Kassian also played another big part in Vancouver’s goal of the week.
Entering the zone alongside puck carrier Henrik Sedin, Kassian made himself open along the wall to set up for another return pass in the slot.
With Mason Raymond driving the net for a backdoor pass and Bryan Bickell backchecking to close the gap, Kassian paused to allow a passing lane for the late man on the rush, earning Alex Edler his chance to slip in the high slot.
As Edler accepts Kassian’s perfect pass Chicago forward Michael Frolik had nothing to do but reach for the puck as it slides towards his check. With space in the slot and a lane towards the net Edler made no mistake, snapping a shot above a helpless Cory Crawford to give the Canucks the lead.
The one goal lead provided by Alex Edler may not have held to be Friday’s winner over the Blackhawks, but Vancouver’s recently re-signed defenceman has made it a habit of jumping into the rush earlier and often this season.
Edler’s goal against the Blackhawks marks three straight games with a point, while Zack Kassian’s primary assist also established a three-game personal point streak.
Look for Vancouver’s defenceman to continue to jump up into the rush as the season moves forward.
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It looks like Luongo will get the starts in Vancouver
Now your probably reading this and saying why is this on a Bruins blog? The answer is because I, like most Bruins fans despise the Canucks and all their antics after that 7 game Stanley Cup finals, and
nothing makes me happier than seeing a team I hate so much having a bunch of problems.
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I Love Lou
Cory Schneider is still the starter of the Vancouver Canucks in the same way Roberto Luongo was still the starter last year when Schneider was riding a hot hand.
All that’s really happening right now is that Luongo is increasing his trade value.
Oh, and Ryan Kesler took part in his first practice yesterday.
Things are looking up.
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By Amy Fetherolf (@afetherolf)
Goalie stats pulled from Monday January 28, 2013, through Sunday February 3, 2013.
1. Roberto Luongo – Luongo has played his way into a starter role for the time being after beginning the season as Cory Schneider’s backup. The three-time Vezina finalist has allowed just three goals in his last three starts, stopping 77 of 80 shots ...
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