Friday, March 20, 2009

Canucks continue on their roll towards the playoffs

The winning streak is bound to come to an end before the playoffs begin, but for Vancouver fans as Spring beckons the hockey is getting exciting.

Vancouver continued on their winning ways of late on Thursday night with a convincing 3 - 0 victory over the St. Louis Blues, another night of success in front of the home folk even if the pace of the play wasn't particularly riveting.

The Canucks kept their record settting string of home victories alive as they tallied up win number eleven as their captain and on ice leader recorded his first shut out in four months, his sixth of the season.

Roberto Luongo turned aside all 30 of the Blues shot, full value for his shutout as his team mates seemed at times to be ready to let the Blues shut down the home ice winning streak.

For the bulk of the game it was St. Louis that had the scoring chances and if not for Luongo's skill and more than a few lucky bounces the Blues could very well have been leaving GM Place with the two points.

The Canucks did manage to get untracked enough to pick up some timely goals as Alex Burrows, Mason Raymond and Henrik Sedin tallied the markers for Vancouver while Luongo turned aside the St. Louis attack

The Canucks have been one of the hotter teams in the West over the last number of weeks and seem primed for a good run in the upcoming playoffs, before they get too carried away however with thoughts of Stanley, they still must finish off the regular season.

They hit the road for six games on Saturday in Phoenix, a key trip that could set their tempo for the final stretch period and on into the post season.

St. Louis Post Dispatch-- Blues, Tkachuk go down
Picture above is from the Vancouver Sun website

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