When Roberto Luongo pulled his groin roughly a week ago, Curtis Sanford's stock went sky high. The Vancouver Canucks, riding a three-game win streak, had to sit down and reevaluate their next move.
Was Sanford ready to be the No. 1 in Vancouver? Could he live up to the expectations of the team and the fans? These were all questions that had to be answered, and answered they were.
Sanford rose to the expectations by leading the red-hot Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Wild. He then notched back-to-back wins over two of the best teams money can buy in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Now that the ice chips have settled, Curtis Sanford still has a major feat to surpass. This was the crucial point in the Vancouver Canucks' season last year, and some of their poor play against the St. Louis Blues and LA Kings put them in line for a long extended offseason.
They played those games with the great Roberto Luongo, but the real questions still lie ahead...does Curtis Sanford have what it takes to pull through when their number one netminder is hurt? I guess we will see, as eight of the next 10 games that lie before Christmas are on the road, consisting of some major divisional matchups...
Could this be an early Christmas present for Curtis Sanford, or is it really an early Christmas present for the Vancouver Canucks?