After riding a dominant Roberto Luongo performance for a tightly-matched Game 1 win, the Vancouver Canucks took a 2-0 series lead in a wild Game 2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. While the Blackhawks showed that they might be able to skate with the NHL’s best regular season team, the Canucks still accomplished their goal of holding serve at home.
Luongo’s 32-save shutout carried the Canucks to that first win, but the team’s Hart Trophy frontrunner Daniel Sedin powered the Game 2 victory. Daniel scored two goals – one on an uncanny deflection, the other with a great shot – and also added an assist while his twin brother Henrik had two helpers of his own.
While the Canucks have some great talent beyond the Sedin twins (most notably Ryan Kesler, their resident Selke Trophy candidate), the team will likely go as far as those Swedish brothers will take them.
Mike Milbury and Liam McHugh discuss Vancouver’s successful start and the Sedins’ near-telepathic connection in the video below.
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.