Those boos are now Looous
Gordon Mcintyre reported that Roberto Luongo
is feeling good these days in net for Vancouver, but that the all-star netminder can still recall being booed a few times at home.
" That seems pretty long ago now, " Luongo told Mcintyre after he recording his sixth shutout of the season in Vancouver’s 3-0 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Mcintyre said that the Canucks are 11-0-2 at home since they dropped a 3-0 decision to the Nashville Predators on Nov. 1, and he credits Luongo with much of the success for Thursday’s win.
" If not for Luongo and a pinball ricochet off Rangers goalie Stephen Valiquette's skate on a Ryan Kesler
pass from the corner early in the second period, the Rangers would have put the game away after two periods, " wrote Mcintyre.
" After 40 minutes they were outshooting the Canucks 21-9, and they came out buzzing in the third.
" But Luongo made solid stops on Martin Straka on a breakaway when the Canucks were on a power play in the first, and good stops on Jaromir Jagr, Chris Drury and Marcel Hossa in the second and third periods. "
Jaffray not making any apologies for fist pump
Following Vancouver’s win Thursday night, Brad Ziemer spoke with Jason Jaffray about the fist-pump he threw up after his third period goal.
" His was the third goal in a 3-0 Vancouver Canuck victory over the New York Rangers and came very late in the third period, " wrote Ziemer.
" It didn't matter. Jason Jaffray celebrated anyway. He always does when he scores and it had been a while. "
" I might get a little heat from the guys for a fist pump after a tip-in, but I get excited when I score goals, " Jaffray told Ziemer of his power-play marker at 17:30 of the third period. " That's just how I am, I guess. "
The goal was Jaffray's second of the season and although it wasn’t a game-winner, it was still a boost because it came on the power play. The Canucks struggled all game with the man advantage going 0-6 before the goal, so Jaffray’s fist-pump was well deserved.
Hopefully we see a few more of them in the coming weeks.
Kesler becomes Tenacious K
Jason Botchford said that Ryan Kesler
endured almost all he could handle against the New York Rangers Thursday night.
" His nose was swollen and stuffed with cotton, " wrote Botchford.
" His eyes were bloodshot. His voice cracked with pain. But there was no mistaking the smile on Ryan Kesler
's face after the game.
" In a down-and-dirty performance that emanated heart, soul and backbone, Kesler managed to unleash his best do-it-all game to spark the Vancouver Canucks while frustrating -- even manhandling -- the New York Rangers' top line. "
Kesler was indeed tenacious against the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Scott Gomez, especially the latter as the two traded compliments a few times throughout the game.
" We were exchanging numbers, you could say, " Kesler told Botchord. " I kind of cross-checked him and he hit me with a high stick. "
Many of the Canucks were singing praises towards Kesler after the game, with Byron Ritchie throwing out the most compliments, according to Botchford.
" Byron Ritchie played against Kesler last year when he was with Calgary, but has a new appreciation for the tenacious forward, " wrote Botchford.
" I knew when we played against him last year he was a good player, " Ritchie told Botchford. " But playing with him has really opened my eyes. I think now he's a great player.
" He plays against top lines every night. He plays hard every night. When you're playing against a top line like the Rangers have and you can add offence, that's pretty special. "