glen a richter wrote:
Was the 2nd period more a result of horrendous defensive breakdowns or Allen just playing like a rookie? I missed the entire game so I can only assume by looking at the shot totals by period that the 2nd was a complete clusterfrank by everyone. When you give up five shots over the course of two full periods to a team as offensively (and divingly) gifted as Vancouver, you should not be losing the game.
The first goal was mostly a result of all three Blues forwards mucking around in the corner. Not one of them thought for a moment to actually that 3rd man high. Steen and Backes were mucking along the right wing boards and for some reason, Stewart came in and essentially stood on the boards at the goal line in the same corner. Bad decision. Be aware darn it.
2nd goal was a great passing play by the Sedins. That one would have been hard to stop.
3rd goal - Jackman and Backes got caught in between. Jackman too slow turning not expecting the puck to get to him as quickly and Backes reaching for a puck, instead of full on skating to it.
But - the Canucks played a great 2nd period overall while the Blues struggled to even get it out of their own zone. Not enough north-south passing, too much D to D and pushing the puck backwards from the forwards. When the Blues move the puck mostly north-south up ice and get it in deep, they control the flow of the game. The Canucks are a better east-west team. I can't count the number of times the Canucks would get the puck in the zone and essentially pass it behind the net from one wing to the other just throwing it back and forth until something opened up in front.