Game 1 Canucks vs Kings. What a game. I was lucky enough to get an interview with LA Kings head coach Terry Murray. Stay tuned to future episodes to see what I picked his brain about. Think California Golden Seals, coaching the Washington Capitals along side his brother and getting one of the biggest trades of the summer: Mike Richards.
Both teams came out with guns blazing. It was the Canucks who took an early lead. Salo scored to make it 1-0 only to be followed by Andrew Ebbett 42 seconds later to make it 2-0. It was Ebbett's 1st goal as a Canuck. Then, Aaron Rome in his 2nd game back scored his 2nd goal. That was it for the 1st periord 3-0 Canucks.
The Kings came into the 2nd determined. Drew Doughty scored for the Kings to make it 3-1. That was it for the 2nd period and scoring. Then with just over a minute left in the 3rd period Mike Richards of the LA Kings scored to make it 3-2. The Kings gave it one last effort but came up one goal short. It was the Canucks 3rd win out of 5 games on this road trip with one game left.
Friday November 11th 2011 or 11-11-11 Canucks vs Ducks. We start this game with the Canucks finding their groove, with some great wins and chemistry really starting to show with lines and defense match ups. Ducks on the other hand had only won 1 out of their last 10 games. Randy Carlyle head coach to the Ducks was going in for the win. I again was lucky enough to get an interview with Carlyle and he has got some good stories from his career in the NHL. Stay tuned to future episodes and listen to Randy talk about the original Winnipeg Jets, coaching the Manitoba Moose and the Niedermayer brothers!
The game in Anaheim starts with a beautiful tribute to America's soldiers. Soldiers repelling from the roof and the Ducks doing their warm up skate in jerseys with the army combat camouflage instead of their black home jerseys. Game time starts and Ducks are in the home jerseys. The 1st period ended in a 0-0 score, slightly uneventful but wait there is more. . .
2nd period starts with Ducks alternate captain Saku Kolvu scoring 25 seconds in. 1-0 Ducks. From there lets just say the last 8 minutes of the 2nd period were loud. The Ducks Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry both scored to make it 3-0. Then Peter Holland scored to make it 4-0. It was Holland's 1st ever goal in the NHL so it was a special moment for him. That puck was scooped up and given straight to Holland to keep. End of 2nd score 4-0.
The 1st player out on the ice at the start of the 3rd period was the one and only Cory Schneider. To be honest I was surprised Schneider didn't get one of the starts in either of these games. It was starting to trend that Schneider was getting a start every back to back game but not this time. He got his playing time in the 3rd. Canucks came out in what some called the Red Army, they were HOT. Kevin Bieska scored on a power play in the beginning of the 3rd to start to turn the game around. Five minutes later Jannik Hansen scored to make it 4-2 prompting Randy Carlyle to call his time out. Again the unsung hero Jannik Hansen scored to make it 4-3. What a game this turned out to be. Canucks kept pressing and taking shots. The guys looked alive. It was a great last few minutes. Schneider was pulled with just over a minute left and lucky for the Canucks, Anaheim's Corey Perry took a penalty making it 6 on 4 for the last minute. Canucks had a few chances but couldn't get one last puck past Jonas Hiller. Final 4-3 Ducks.
The most exciting stat for this game would be shots on goal. At the end of the 2nd period shots were tied up 19 a piece. By the end of the 3rd Ducks had 21 shots on net, Canucks 41. The Canucks more then doubled their shots on goal. Amazing! Cory Schneider was quoted as saying he really didn't do much in the 3rd and it was fun to watch his team play. And yes I did manage to talk to a few Canucks after the game. Stay tuned to see who and what advice they offer the show's fans! X