The Canucks made it a two game winning streak. They played the Minnesota Wild for the 1st time this season. Vancouver favourite Cory Schneider was in net. The game was back and forth with the Wild scoring, then Canucks, then Wild, and Canuck Jannik Hansen scored early in the 3rd period to make it a 2-2 tie. The game went into over time and Lucky #6 Sami Salo scored the OT goal with 21 seconds left. It was a game of records for Salo. 1st it was his 700th career game, 2nd Salo is now tied with former Canuck Mattias Ohlund for OT goals by a defenceman. Salo has this sniper like shot. You get him 20-30 feet in front of the opposing goalie, have a forward pass him the puck, that goalie has no chance. Watch this OT winner in "If you need a visual". Keep your eye peeled for the water bottle popping off the net. That tell tale sign the puck went in at a flying speed.
Toronto is on a streak of some kind. The team lights up the ice every night they play. They beat the Montreal Canadiens saturday 5-4 in OT. Former Canadien MIkhali Grabovski scored the OT goal for Toronto. Phil Kessel on the other hand notched his 8th goal of the season. Keep in mind that is in just 7 games. Toronto! Something must be in the water? Go Team.
The Kids? These guys are a blast to watch. Yes you can tell they are young players but the speed they have. They catch up to anybody on the ice. How many times Saturday did I hear the commentators say "New York Ranger on a break away, own his own, with a chance." Only to hear 1 second later "Edmonton's Eberle, Hall or Nugent-Hopkins had caught up?" It was nuts. The kids line did get credited with the opening goal, Hopkins scoring with Hall and Eberle collecting assists. Then Potter scored the 2nd goal, with Hopkins and Eberle collecting those assists. Making the Final Score 2-0.
Side Note: Canucks made a trade Saturday. Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Strum are going to be enjoying the sunny Florida weather. Canuck fans can look forward to seeing David Booth and Steve Reinprecht wear the favourite blue, green and white uniforms. Stay tuned to see lines changes for the Canucks. It is going to get interesting.