Second Period: That 82 Game Feeling
We have watched the Canucks play 82 second periods this season and, we promise you, that may have been the most painful one.
It so clearly felt like the last game of the season, a rusty home opener, or some friendly 5-on-5 offseason hockey.
The frame started with an onslaught of shots by the Oilers, who kept the Canucks hemmed in for the opening few minutes. One second, an Oiler shot was slipping past Martin, forcing him to make a diving save, and the next Edmonton was sneaking behind our defencemen for a few in-tight chances.
The first clear from the Vancouver zone came from an Oilers shot bouncing off the boards. Aside from that, there were some Canucks plays that deserve credit. First was an interception behind the Oilers’ net from Elias Pettersson, fed out front to Vasily Podkolzin.
Podkolzin had an entertaining play of his own, making a diving play to swat the puck with his stick to a teammate and out of arms reach from an Edmonton defender. Although fans may not be able to see the Vancouver Canucks in action come summertime, fans can see Podkolzin have his first taste of playoff hockey with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Canucks, to officially conclude his rookie year.
After an exciting first, the second made the last period of the season feel like it couldn’t come any soon. Are we sure we can’t start doing continuous time for the final game of the year?