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Canucks win ‘dog fight’ against Blues, end differing streaks

Jan 11, 2014, 12:52 AM EDT

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John Tortorella went as far to say that the Vancouver Canucks were “fragile” on the heels of their losing streak climbing to five games, yet what does it say about a team when you win a dog fight?

That’s how Mike Santorelli described the end of Vancouver’s 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday, as PHT’s own Cam Tucker reports.

However you describe it, the Canucks ended their five-game skid while the Blues saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end thanks to this result. Santorelli scored the clinching goal in the third period while Eddie Lack came through for Vancouver, making 30 out of 31 saves.

Really, the Canucks probably deserved better during their five-game lull. Three of those five contests ended beyond regulation and only won loss (3-1 against the Kings in Los Angeles) came by more than one goal.

The Canucks better rest this weekend, as the next week could be awfully trying; they face the Kings in Los Angeles again on Monday, the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday and then turn around for a road game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. In other words, Vancouver better be ready for another dog fight or three.

(Interestingly, the Blues face the same three opponents next week, although all three games take place in St. Louis and obviously in a different order).

  1. blomfeld - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    CANUCKS 2 …. PRAETORIAN APE GUARDS 1

    Who would’ve thought eh ? I wonder what that amoeba ‘Jhag’ has to say about this ? :)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      What is all this personal/fan based invective going back and forth on an ongoing basis? Kings, Blues Hawks, Ducks, Sharks. All very good teams, figuring out their path to the SC, while making the EC “contenders” look kinda weak in the process.

      Can we not please cease and decisive with the juvenile “my team’s better that your team”….

    • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      Hey Blomfeld… Where does Eddie Lack rank on your goaltending list after this impressive performance?

      • blomfeld - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        *** NHL’s Top Goalies as Per Sven Halmarstrom @ Goteborg Posten Sports ***

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) Martin Jones
        3) Ben Scrivens
        4) Eddie Lack
        5) Cory Schneider

        28) Wayne Newton
        29) Alexander Ovechkin
        30) Brian Elliott

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Nice to see wayne newton making a comeback of sorts to the world in general. I haven’t heard a lot from him lately. Maybe I should go to Vegas…

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Elliot in 30tyh is beyond absurd. He’s currently 8th in save %, and last year after being brought back up was effective.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Notice Wayne Newton being on the list. Alex Ovechkin is on there too. Read the whole thing before you take it seriously.

    • jhaegs - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      What do I have to say about this? We got beat. It happens. Bigger picture is still in sight, so all is well. What, do you think we expected them to win out the rest of the season? Shutup blomfeld…

      • slysipops - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        a little dedication………… in a certain time of need ……………AND this is one time i would have rooted for the …..BLUES ……….

    • blomfeld1 - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Im the real blomfeld. “blomfeld” is an imposter, he lives in his moms basement.

      • jhaegs - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        I like you.

  2. canada2014gold - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Welcome all Canuck haters. We know your coming, let’s hear how the Canucks still suck or they got lucky. Even when they beat the top teams In the NHL we still hear the whining. “Sisters, no offence, Gillis sucks, ya ya we’ve heard it all. Solid win against an elite team, period.

    • mcflower29 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      hey, u asked for it:

      2 Sisters, No Cup!!!!!!!!!

      • blomfeld - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:58 AM

        back off mcflower, seriously …

  3. canada2014gold - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Agreed

  4. hosewater2 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Amazing they had “only won loss” in that stretch. Proofread? Seriously, in journalism you get judged harshly for that sort of thing.

  5. jhaegs - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Next articles on these teams will be about the “slumping Blues”, and the “red hot Canucks”…

  6. blackhawks2010 - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Solid win Canucks, Blues have been playing over their heads for the past month. It’s a long season, lot of hockey to play. Blues have been under the radar, they aren’t anymore.

  7. Wineshard - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Trade Eddie Lack now……before another goalie controversy.

  8. Wineshard - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I didn’t see Papa Georgio or Abe Froman on the list. Disappointed.

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