Zack MacEwen brings the team toughness
It’s been a minute or two since the Canucks have activated Zack MacEwen and dressed him for game action. After being pushed around and dropping two very winnable games consecutively, coach green smelt the coffee and inserted Big Mac into Sunday night’s line-up. My best guess, it was to bring some feistiness and grit to the bottom-six.
With 15:55 played in the second period, MacEwen dropped the gloves and took care of business. As a young kid fighting tooth and nail for a permanent roster spot, MacEwen made sure to earn his paycheck. He handled the situation the best way he knew how, by sticking up for his teammates and making space for everyone in the open ice.
The best part about seeing MacEwen back with the team is the fact that you know he’s going to bring his best each night in order to get himself noticed and stick with the big shooters. Him being dressed came at the price of an injury on the fourth line, but MacEwen is a good, hard-fought player that team’s need at this critical time of the season.
The Vancouver Canucks won’t want to think about this one for too long. It’ll be a breath of fresh air for the club when they return home for a four-game homestand. Hopefully, they find a way to scoop up some points and climb back into the race. Puck drops against the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30 PM Wednesday.