Now the collective province of British Columbia can exhale, as the Nucks broke out of that losing slump with a number of firsts. Let’s see what that looks like and why.
The big one was of course, that first win for the club, jumping all over the Montreal Canadiens, who had played the night before.
That doesn’t discredit the effort that the Canucks had to put forth, as a number of times last year, oppositions came a knocking, having to play the back end of a back to back and still beat the Canucks (Boston for one last year).
The success of the Canucks has always been their defensive scheme, which was established in the first year that both Coach Alain Vigneault and Roberto Luongo arrived.
We all know looking back that this was a necessity with the offensively challenged lineup, but it produced a divisional championship that year. Many have voiced their opinion on the so called “trap”, so I will not beat a dead horse again.
That defensive scheme has never gone away, it’s just that with the current version, there is a more talented group to provide the offensive side.
When this team plays their game, and it’s not the run-and-gun that the fans would like, they give themselves an opportunity to win on most nights, and that was the key against the Habs, a first.