Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/16/07 at 11:34 AM ET
Alain Vigneault may want to consider moonlighting as a stock-market tipster, starting his own psychic hotline or at least taking a gambling trip to Las Vegas. His hunches were money in the bank last night at GM Place. The Vancouver Canucks magician pulled another hockey rabbit out of his coaching hat by placing plugger turned producer Jeff Cowan on the first line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.-- It's starting to seem a little spooky, this whole business of Jeff Cowan as Salvation. Stick him anywhere and it pretty much works. Last night was no exception, as coach Alain Vigneault discovered. "I though the twins and Jeff were really, really strong -- I'd say they had close to 10 scoring chances." -- The Sedins make goal-scoring look and sound easy. From Henrik on the OT goal: "I was just waiting for Daniel to spin off his check and put his stick on the ice. It was pretty easy after that." Easy? Right... Botchford at The Province remarked "make no mistake, the ice at GM Place was the Sedin twins playground Thursday." Indeed, and they were confident, too. Again from Henrik: "We should have won the game way earlier than we did. I don't know what was wrong. Maybe the chances were too good." Yes, the twins were impressive, but God forbid Vancouver does anything the easy way. -- Finally, a word from the St. Louis Blues' Brad Boyes as he explains how the late game charges frequently happen for his club. He says it's all about short shifts and rolling 4 lines all game:
"It's a different mind-set here, coming to a coach that has really instilled the work ethic and short shifts and going hard. Even when it comes to your own play, you feel fresh all the time, you're not getting caught out there, and it really makes a difference."So Vancouver isn't perfect -- they'd do well to figure out that trick, too. Great to get that win, but geez... the last 10 minutes of games can be pretty frightening to endure.
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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