Hockey

Canucks celebrate “moral victory”. Others not so impressed

By Omarcanuck | 8:23 am PST, Tue January 14, 2014 | Speak Up

Vancouver outhit, outplayed and outshot the L.A. Kings on Monday, and they sent a message too, but how about winning the game?

Every Canucks fan who watched Monday night’s game against the Kings was fully entertained. This, despite the fact their team lost 1-0.

For many of them, this game was about responding to Dustin Brown’s hit on Roberto Luongo on January 3.

After the game a war was waged (on Twitter and radio) between those who believe Vancouver had come out on top, and others who were worried about the outcome on the scoreboard.

Listening to Canucks players’ and coach’s comments after the game, it is clear how they felt.

Head coach John Tortorella:

“In all parts of our game, I thought we played well.”

“I thought we did a really good job as far as deciding that that ice is ours.”

“We got squawked for points, but I think we crossed a couple of bridges in what needs to be done.”

On spending most of the first period short handed, he added:

“It is what it is. We did our job.”

Kevin Bieksa:

“It’s one of the most positive losses I think you could have.”

Ryan Kesler:

“We outbattled them. We outhit them, We were more physical. We dominated them. They got a lucky bounce, it turns into a three-on-one and that’s the ball game.”

Eddie Lack:

“Everyone knows what happened to Roberto. We wanted to come out and play a really good game … and make a little bit of a statement, and I thought we did.”

Who didn’t think the physical game was imporant, you ask? Well, Blake Price of the Team 1040 had his own word for that part of the game:

 

“Antics.”

His main argument?

True, Vancouver failed to score on Monday, but looking at the underlying stats, they actually generated more chances than the Kings:

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This chart shows that the Canucks generated more scoring chances than L.A. and they outplayed them despite the disparity in penalties (Vancouver had 69 penalty minutes, while L.A. had 40).

Price had more to say about the Canucks’ goalscoring issues:

He’s right, they are 17th in goalscoring over the course of the entire season, but since December began (and they started clicking under Tortorella), they have an average of 3.10 goals per game. That number would be good enough for fifth in the NHL right now.

Meaning they can score. And on Monday, we found out they have a backbone too. To me (and the players apparently), that’s important. What’s your take?

Image courtesy: Noah Graham/Getty Images

Speak Up

  • Bertuzzzi

    Why does everyone assume that shots on goals = chances? A team could be filled with plugs lobbing pucks at the net from every angle, no accuracy, or power. That doesn’t necessarily translate to goals. Correlation is not causation.

  • a.l

    They’re getting better every week, no question. Hopefully they’ll peak in June.

  • Mitch Williams

    Attended the game and had a great time. Fun and intense, wonderful to sit with so many fellow Canucks fans. This morning, server at a So. Cal. Coffee Bean said “You went to the game? Man, Vancouver is really angry at the L.A.”