Luongo Good Enough To Win

It was suggested by the sports desk that Roberto Luongo did not play one of his better games Friday night. Well, he played well enough to win, and that is good enough for Momma Gouche. Jonathon Toews had a breakaway two minutes into the game, but lost control of the puck and crashed into the goal. Luongo was quick enough to snatch up the puck. The Chicago Blackhawks seemed to have the edge the first few minutes of the first period. Jannik Hansen took a holding penalty at 5:03, but he redeemed himself at 7:30 by slapping a shot past Corey Crawford. Hansen’s goal seemed to bring the Canucks to life defensively and they appeared more organized. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp took a tripping penalty with seconds left in the period and they would start the second shorthanded for 1:30. Vancouver’s Dan Sendin capitalizes on Chicago’s penalty and at :30, on the power play, put the Canucks ahead 2-0. After a period of routine play, Ben Smith shortens the Canucks lead to one at 14:50. At 19:46 Alexander Edler returns the lead to two. At 1:56 of the third Viktor Stalberg put the Hawks within one of tying. It took until 10:06 for Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin to provide a two goal cushion lead. But at 12:50 the lead was again shortened to one, and thats the way the game ended … at 4-2 for Vancouver. A win is a win … but one would expect a team that had finished the regular season ten points ahead of all others … and playing a team that had only made the play-offs on the loss of another, would have made a more decisive tally. Admittably it added excitement for a lot of fans, but for the predictor of a four game sweep, it leaves me think perhaps I went out on a limb.

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