Not that we want this version of The Canuck Way to greedily snap up an opportunity to tie their product into the yearly haunted festivities, but Saturday’s version of the Canucks at Rogers arena gave fans a real treat.
There are very few occasions in hockey where the home team scores seven goals, and probably a much smaller number have to go home in disbelief their team scored 7 and lost. But as recent history showed us between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers, it simply does happen on occasion, reminding us of the randomness of the sport. The Canucks pocketed a 7-4 victory, and while there is reason for renewed optimism, there are still cautionary notes. Spoiler: If you think you’re pretty certain you don’t want to hear about Christian Ehrhoff again, skip the next paragraph.
If you were a little confused this summer regarding the Canucks and free agency, you had a right to be. Learning that it was essentially an “either or” situation on renewing Kevin “Juice” Bieksa, or Christian Ehrhoff, was unsettling. I’m the first to admit that there were times where I questioned some of the defensive decisions Ehrhoff made, there was always more positive press for his visionary break-out passes (that the Sedins certainly miss) and overall effectiveness. No question, the Canucks’ current GA (goals allowed) and GF (goals for) speak to how sorely he’s been missed, though team defense has also factored into that equation. Alexander Edler needs to build off his recent two goal, 1 assist performance, and help ease the offensive burden that the forwards have shouldered over the past half-dozen games.
As October takes with it some rather forgettable moments, it will also be remembered for the high note it went out on. A night where Chris Higgins, Maxim Lapierre, Alexander Edler and many others in the Canucks’ crew rediscovered their hockey mojo. Up next: 6 pack for the road, first stop – The Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.