A night after I said the Canucks hadn’t won anything, they won something big. From what I can remember, this was not only the first time they shut out the Penguins in Pittsburgh but it was the first time the Canucks beat the Pens in regulation with a healthy Penguins lineup that included Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Correct me if I’m wrong….seriously do that if I’m wrong, im tired.
There was definitely a mission statement in Pittsburgh; as I stated they needed some “test” wins and tonight was a test…..and they passed (something foreign to Ryan Kesler). It wasn’t the Sedins who had the “A” game, it wasn’t even the 2nd line, cue Shawn Matthias and Brad Richardson. Ya, thats right, those guys. It is absolutely amazing how these depth guys are contributing in such a big way.
It won’t always be that way this year but when the stars aren’t clicking every night, the supporting cast needs to step up. This was also a night for backup Eddie Lack to prove his worth with Jacob Markstrom pushing from the Utica Comets for his next shot. Lack not only got the win, but he played spec-LACK-ular. He shutout the Pens, Crosby and even that fuzzy penguin on twitter:
And of course Twitter doesn’t disappoint:
The Canucks are playing the rest of the league right now like it doesn’t matter who’s on their teams and to quote Kanye West it looks like “they got too many Urkels on their team, that’s why they winslow”. With an important statement game under their belts and really a road trip that has served them well thus far, Vancity gets the Leafs on Saturday and it might be the best present any Canucks fan could get….well a win against the Kings would be nice.
Cover photo courtesy of canada.com