Do the St. Louis Blues really think they can intimidate the Canucks, take stupid penalties and win? Blues' center Jay McClement started it off taking a slashing penalty. The Vancouver Canucks scored on that power play, which was goal No. 1 and bonehead Blues play No. 1.
It must have felt good, as McClement then took another slashing penalty. At least we knew his chopping arm was working, even if his brain wasn’t. The Canucks scored on that power play, making it goal No. 2 and bonehead Blues play No. 2.
Winger Brandon Crombeen took three penalties (two roughing, one slashing) and on the last one, the Canucks' power play scored goal No. 3. Bonehead Blues play No. 3.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with playing physical if you remain disciplined and stop with all the after-whistle penalties.
David Backes was no better drawing a double minor. Dig this. With the Blues down one goal, they pulled their goaltender and attempted to tie the game. However, Backes went after Henrik Sedin.
How does this accomplish the goal, which is to tie the score? Does he think cross checking and then mauling Henrik is suppose to scare him? Where’s the discipline in that? Bonehead Blues play No. 4.
The Canucks' less physical players have stood up to the Blues time and time again. When Crombeen tried to face wash and push Mason Raymond around, he not only pushed him back but took him down.
Magic (Canucks' Kyle Wellwood) has taken all the elbows, slashes, hits, and delivered some of his own; this sure hasn’t affected his game. Magic is playing some of his best hockey of the year in this series. He’s going into the corners, coming out with the puck, creating scoring chances (one assist), winning faceoffs (57 percent), and being defensively responsible.
Did anyone see that play where he went into the crowd, came up with puck, made a no-look back pass to Canucks' Alexander Edler (magic hands), who dished it over the Ohlund, which resulted in the first power play goal?
That’s why I call him “Magic," because he has produced those types of plays all season long.
The Twins have proven enough times during the regular season that they will not be intimidated. I don’t see them shying away from the physical stuff.
There are more than enough Canucks players that will drop the gloves with any Blues. Shane O’Brien, Darcy Hordichuk, The Ripper (Rick Rypien), Kevin Bieksa and Willie Mitchell would.
Hey St. Louis, here’s a clip you should watch. Shane O’Brien, after delivering a thunderous check on Brad Boyes along the boards, showed ultimate discipline. When challenged by Brad Winchester, he declined. Why, because the Canucks had scored two power play goals to come from behind to take the lead.
There was no need to fight after the Canucks had already established momentum and were out-shooting the Blues 11-4.
So, keep piling on all those stupid penalties St. Louis, because the Canucks' power play (4-for-16) sure has enjoyed visiting this “Show Me” state.