VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 19: Goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks juggles the puck after making a save against the Minnesota Wild during the first period in NHL action on December 19, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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It's obvious that the Wild had a much better game tonight since they put 33 shots on goal, right? Right? Isn't that what all of the geniuses have been telling us all season?
Oh, wait, it's not about the shot total, but the ones that go in that matter?
Well in that case, the Sedins beat the crap out of the Wild tonight, backed by a nice performance by Roberto Luongo for the 4-0 shutout. Honestly, this didn't have the feel of a 4-0 loss. Then again, we wouldn't really know what a 4-0 loss feels like, since this was the first time the Wild have been shutout this season. Of course it happened at Vancouver. Why wouldn't it?
The Wild controlled the first period, penning the Canucks in their own end, pressuring the play and outshooting Vancouver 13-9, but gave up a power play goal to Henrik Sedin on a ill-advised hooking minor to Colton Gillies, and found themselves down 1-0 after 1.
Things just got worse from there. The Canucks controlled the chances and Luongo got all the help he needed, whereas the Wild chased the Sedins around the rink until someone ended up on Niklas Backstrom's doorstep all alone to bury the shot.
So, 4 straight losses. Is this the start of the regression? Is this where the man-games lost start to take their toll on the on-ice product? Are we suddenly going to see a team put shots on goal but lose badly?
The Bennett's Chop & Railhouse Stars of the Game:
- Henrik Sedin (1 G, 2 A)
- Daniel Sedin (3 A)
- Roberto Luongo (33 saves)
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- Can Bouchard make the difference? No
- Is tonight the night Palmer shows his true talent? 2 shots in 12:12. Not much of an impact
- Almond gone, Ortmeyer in. Any difference? Nope.
- Is Backstrom enough tonight to steal one? Didn't matter.
- Is it Luongo, or LOLuongo? 33 saves. Nicely played sir.