The Vancouver Canucks, who roared out to an almost undefeated preseason, quickly fell to 0-3 to start the season, much to the dismay of their fans both near and far.
Last night was the team's last ditch effort to avoid starting 0-4 for the first time in franchise history.
Bobby Lu, in spite of his usual October doldrums was given the start against the Montreal Canadiens who had started the season well.
All was not too swell in Vancouver land, the Canadiens were dominating play early on, and things looked like they might go the way of the first three games.
That is until Ryan Kesler decided to say "Yo, screw this baloney." and scored a goal. Then Mason Raymond followed suit as did Henrik Sedin (twice), Alex Burrows, Mikael Samuelsson and, adding his first goal of the season (on the power play of course):
It was a really effective power play, and Big Bear was the recipient of a beautiful series of passes among him and the Sedins. Of course the analysts (as usual) gave all credit to Heniel and Danrik. Whatevs, Big Bear put the biscuit in the basket and that's all that matters to me.
The Canucks crushed teh Canadiens 7-1 in Carey Price's first game in his home province of British Columbia. I don't like the Habs or Carey Price but I feel bad for the kid, ever since last season, he hasn't had it easy in Montreal. In all honesty, a lot of those goals Price had little to no support from his D, and as much as people try to use that as an excuse for why their goaltender gave up seven goals, it's true, there were some definite defensive screw ups on the part of Montreal. Yes, even Sissy, who was in front of the next when Burrows scored.
Also! Yesterday Kevin Bieksa and his wife welcomed their second baby into the world, a little girl named Reese. Congrats! Reese and sleep deprivation appear to be Kevin Bieksa's secret weapons as he picked up an assist in last night's win.
I didn't want to talk about it but the Pens were shutout by the Phoenix Coyotes.
The only positive I can take from that game is that Ilya Bryzgalov is on my fantasy team. Woo? I'm not really worried about the Pens, Brent Johnson played well in the backup role, including an absolutely sensational glove save on Shane Doan in close. I'm not worried, they'll be fine. Getting shutout is a bit stressful, but they'll be fine.
Enough about those other teams, my one true loves FINALLY play again tonight. Oh wait, they're playing those same Coyotes who shutout the PENS? Uhhh, well, on the plus side, they played last night and the Sabres haven't played since Saturday. Also Jason LaBarbera might start in net. Well, they might start Bryz because he's on a hot streak and he's a workhorse, like our very own netminder. Regardless, I'm benching him because I can't find any reason to cheer against the Sabres or take joy in their loss. Although, if they lose, it would give me another W in the column... NO ANNE, NO. Bench Bryz for tonight. It doesn't matter.
Puck drops at 7:00. I will not be in attendance as I have recently been diagnosed with tonsillitis and would prefer to not infect my fellow employees or the fans. :(