Cory Schneider through a shutout. Dan Sedin had the winning goal and an assist. Henrik Sedin registered two assists.
Ducks were absolutely dominant even strength. Schneider stood off the onslaught.
About the middle of the first Canucks got under the skin of our guys. We started grumbling and parade to the sin bin began. Ducks were called for 9 minor penalties, Canucks just 3. I saw at least four minors that Canucks committed but weren’t called.
Not sure why it is but our Ducks start complaining and wham, we’re on a parade to the sin bin. I don’t know what is said or why the so-called professional refs react that way. Fact is, it’s on our guys. We bring it on ourselves. You have to be on the ice to hear it exactly. Obviously though, we push too far.
Brian Hayward, as he so often does, said it best, “When you fall behind 2-0, you don’t start punching people in the head and yelling at the ref. You tidy up the things that you’re doing.”
“In all we gave them 14 minutes of PP time,” said Bruce Boudreau following the game.
Canucks deserve credit. Their three PP goals came on the same play. Two were passes through Hiller’s crease, from his glove to stick side. The third was across the top of the crease, glove to stick side. Hazy pointed out that those passes are especially difficult for a goalie to deflect or corral. It isn’t just the goalie but he is main guy responsible for the puck anytime it’s in his crease. The two D-men are equally responsible though. One for not covering the passing lane. The other for letting a guy get the one-timer off after the pass beat two of his teammates.
It’s BackCheck’s Rule, you can always identify at least two mistakes on a play before the puck goes in.
The good news is that we face Nashville tomorrow night. We have to get this game behind us quickly.