“Completely bagged, nothing left,” Hrudey answered. “All energies are depleted. The only good thing I can say about my experience is that we won the game, so I had some enthusiasm and excitement left from that.”
How much will his days of rest, preceding the playoffs, help Luongo tonight?
“I can look at it both ways,” Hrudey said. “Clearly, he’s fresher right now, but the overall effect? I don’t know how that’ll play out down the road, because that’s a lot of energy to expend in your first game.”
On Broadcasting. William Houston points out why the Canucks make the world a better place:
The second game, Dallas Stars-Vancouver Canucks, pulled in an impressive 1.126 million over 5 1/2 hours, almost matching last year’s 1.381 million for the second game, Anaheim Ducks-Calgary Flames, which ended in regulation time.
And television ratings in Dallas appear to have been reasonably strong as well.
Brent Sopel really did want a cracker. How could a fan ever think the Canucks are not cursed in playoff season?
Sopel missed Wednesday night’s series opener with Dallas after suffering back spasms at home when he bent down to pick up a cracker dropped by his daughter. “It’s the truth and for some of you guys who think I’m a healthy scratch, you think it’s all fun and games, but this is obviously something I didn’t want to happen.”
After 6 periods of hockey in game one, coach Alain Vigneault and others were trying to keep everyone loose in the locker room. He paraphrased someone’s comment before hitting the ice for period #7:
‘Let’s get this over with before Trevor turns 38.’
Trevor Linden, of course, turned 37 on Wednesday.
Best Dallas Newspaper Headline:“Pepper Luongo and Stars Taste Victory”
The Stars, to a man, liked the way they attacked Luongo. Liked the way they had players positioned near the net on each of their four goals. Liked everything about their offensive performance except that they didn’t score one more goal in nearly 80 minutes of extra play.
So they won’t enter Game 2 worried about whether they can score on the goalie compared to Jesus in one of the local newspapers earlier this week. They proved Luongo is human by putting four pucks past him, they just didn’t win the game.
No, they did not. And might I remind you that those 4 goals were from 133 shots, 76 on net, over SEVEN periods of hockey?
Just suck on that for a few hours, Texas. Ponder it deeply.
Note: G.O.D. = Goalie of Dominance. Deal with it, Turco.