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Press Round-Up: JAN.18.08

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
Wings clip Canucks in shootout
The Associated Press summarized the Canucks game against Detroit.

“Henrik Zetterberg scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Dan Cleary scored twice for Detroit in regulation and Dominik Hasek made 26 saves. The NHL-leading Red Wings snapped a three-game losing streak,” said the Associated Press.

Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver and Markus Naslund also scored. Roberto Luongo made 47 saves for the Canucks.”

"We threw a lot of shots at Luongo. He's a great goalie, so that's what you have to do," Cleary said. "Dom shut them down. He was great for us."

“Zetterberg scored the winning goal in the shootout by slipping a backhander between Luongo's pads after a fake,” said the Associated Press.

"I could have gone high, but he opened up the five-hole," Zetterberg said. "Luongo played a great game."

"It was a simple, yet brilliant play," Luongo said. "He carried from his forehand to his backhand, waited for the opening and put it five-hole."

“Vancouver scored twice in the last four minutes of the second period to tie it at 2,” said the Associated Press.

"He (Luongo) gave us a chance to tie up the game and we did it," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.

“Sedin made it 2-1 with 4:39 left when he put a rebound into an open net for his ninth goal. Naslund tied it with 1:52 remaining when his attempted pass from the right circle deflected in off the skate of Detroit defenceman Brian Rafalski. It was Naslund's 16th goal,” said the Associated Press.

“Cleary's second goal, his 18th of the season, made it 2-0. He tipped in Valtteri Filppula's pass, which came to him through his legs at 1:51 of the second period.”

“Vancouver didn't have a shot from the eight-minute mark of the first period until 7:32 of the second period, a total of 19:32.”

"Obviously, in the first 30 minutes they gave us a lesson in how to generate offence," Vigneault said.

“Cleary opened the scoring with 1:16 left in the first period when he tipped Andreas Lilja's shot from the left point out of the air and past Luongo,” said the Associated Press.
Sure-fire shooters Edler, Linden miss the mark
Iain MacIntyre said the Canuck shoot out kings failed to deliver.

“The Vancouver Canucks used their heavy hitters in Thursday's shootout against the Detroit Red Wings, but rookie Alex Edler and non-rookie Trevor Linden failed to score in a 3-2 National Hockey League loss,” said MacIntrye.

“Edler had been 2-for-2 and Linden 4-for-5 in shootouts this season, earning them the nicknames "Eddie Money" and "Mr. Clutch."

“Against unconventional Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek, Edler tried something new and Linden something old, but neither worked.”

“Rather than skating in on an angle and shooting between the goalie's pads as he did in previous attempts, Edler raced in on Hasek and surprised him with a 30-foot slapshot that sailed inches high. Linden stuck to his conventional move, attempting to wrist a shot to the goalie's right. He drilled Hasek in the pads,” said MacIntrye.

"I just wanted to switch it up," Edler said. "I know Hasek's the type of goalie who slides down and covers the lower part of the net. The top was open. I don't know why I missed the shot."

Linden said: "I made a bad shot. I had a good spot but just missed it. [Hasek] didn't make a move; I just hit him. I felt like I had a lot of space. It's kind of like going up to bat in baseball; either you get or hit or you make an out."

“Detroit Red Wing Henrik Zetterberg homered in the shootout, sliding a backhand between Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo's pads to break the 2-2 tie,” said MacIntrye.

"It was a simple play but a brilliant play," Luongo said. "He came in on his forehand. Once he went to his backhand, he just waited for me to come across and open up."

“It was the Canucks' first loss in four shootouts. They started the season 0-4 in the tie-breaker before winning three straight,” said MacIntrye.
Luongo rediscovers his mojo: But the skaters in front of him do just enough to lose it in a shootout

Jason Botchford said Roberto Luongo rediscovered his supernatural game Thursday night in Detroit.

“Two days after saying he had to be better, he was at his best. Two days after saying he was responsible for a loss, he found a way to help the Canucks get a point. He exorcised his self-diagnosed slump in a performance that, despite the 3-2 shootout loss, could be seen as one of the defining moments of his season,” said Botchford.

“He made 47 saves. He left the best team in hockey incredulous.”

“And no, it wasn't enough for a win after Alex Edler, Trevor Linden and Taylor Pyatt all missed shootout attempts. But it was enough to leave Luongo smiling again.”

“Somewhere among those 49 Detroit shots he found his game,” said Botchford.

"I think it was something that I needed," Luongo said regarding the shot barrage. "I'm happy that I got so many shots. It brought my confidence back up a little bit. I started to feel like myself there.”

"They were throwing everything at the net and it got me in the game early and I established a pretty good comfort zone right off the bat.”

"I was getting in a pretty good groove there," said Luongo.

“The Canucks seemed buoyed by his game, as they were down 2-0 and fought back to tie it with goals from Henrik Sedin and Markus Naslund,” said Botchford.

“With both sides creating chances in a 2-2 tie in the third, Luongo made a string of key saves which helped send the game into OT.”

“Grappling with Tomas Holmstrom at 2:56 into the period, he stopped a sure goal with a kick save when the crease-crasher tried to backhand a rebound into the net. Less than two minutes later, Luongo flung out his blocker while sweeping across the crease to get an arm on a Daniel Cleary shot, leaving the forward in obvious shock.”

“Luongo completed his trifecta of marvelous saves when, in a supremely confident moment, he charged out of his crease to confront Mikael Samuelsson, sending his shot harmlessly to the end boards,” said Botchford.

"He was standing on his head, spinning around, stopping everything," Sami Salo said. "I don't even know the word for it. I don't know if there is a word for it. It was more than unbelievable.”

"He kept us in the game. I think it gives us some confidence -- getting a point from the top team in the Western Conference."

“It was the most shots Luongo has faced since he saw 58 in the last game of the playoffs. He was beaten twice in regulation and once in the shootout,” said Botchford.
Heading for return to ice: Symptoms gone, he's rarin' to go

Jim Jamieson said Ohlund is as good as ready to get back into the line-up.

“He may not yet have the green light to play, but Mattias Ohlund is definitely revving his engine at the stop line,” said Jamieson.

“The defenceman the Vancouver Canucks have missed so much over the last 11 games said Thursday he's felt fine for the last week and believes he can be back in the lineup shortly.”

“Ohlund has been on the sidelines with a concussion since a 2-1 shootout win Dec. 22 in Phoenix, but has been on the ice since Monday and has had no ill effects,” said Jamieson.

"I know for the last week I've been feeling normal and good," Ohlund told The Province. "I know I'm going to practise with the team [today]. I know it's going to be day by day, but I'm hoping I can get back in soon. We'll see how I feel [today] but the way I feel right now it's not going to be very long."

“Ohlund's absence has been keenly felt all over the ice. The Canucks have missed his defensive work down low in their own end as well as his big shot on the power-play point,” said Jamieson.

“Given that Canucks top-four D-men Willie Mitchell (back spasms) and Sami Salo (wrist) played hurt in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Red Wings in Detroit, the situation is even more urgent.”

“The 6-foot-3, 220-pound blueliner is second on the team in average ice time (23:00 average per game) behind Sami Salo (23:22) and has six goals and 13 points in 32 games. Ohlund knows the frustration of sitting on the sidelines when the team is struggling. The Canucks were a mediocre 5-5-0 (heading into Thursday's game in Detroit) without him,” said Jamieson.

"The guys are playing hard, but we realize we have to be better," said Ohlund. "We know .500 hockey is not going to take us where we want to go. Our division is so tight that if you have a tough couple of weeks teams are going to catch up to you."
Brown bangs, Moose misfire: Rowdy speedster can't prevent 5th straight loss
Gary Lawless said the return of Brown and Rypein, while effective, could not prevent a 4-2 loss to the Rivermen.

“The loss was Manitoba's fifth in a row, the first time that has happened since 2004. The team record for consecutive losses is eight,” said Lawless.

“Brown was his usual banging self but the Moose were undone by unfortunate lapses in goaltending and a sputtering offence.”

"I thought we played a real good defensive game and limited an offensive team to just a few chances," said Moose coach Scott Arniel. "I can't fault our effort. They did exactly what I asked of them. We had lots of chances ourselves but their goaltender made some real big saves.”

"Right now, those pucks, when we have open nets, just aren't going in. The other way, they get a couple of goals that bounce in off sticks or bodies and their third one was a seeing eye dog. That's what happens when you're in a funk like this."

“The teams were tied at 2-2 until late in the second period when Jeff Woywitka beat Moose goalie Drew MacIntyre with a slapshot. The goal proved to be the winner as the Moose chased hard in the third but came up empty,” said Lawless
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