Maybe we just all need to forget the mess that Wednesday night’s game was and move on to the next one. Wednesday’s game started off innocently enough with traded goals between the Canucks and Blues in the first period, and traded goals again in the second. Both of Vancouver’s goals came on the power play, establishing that taking penalties would be less than advantageous to the Blues’ chances in this game, and probably in the series.
The Vancouver Canucks, 5-2 winners in Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series, aim to beat the St. Louis Blues on Friday in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series at Rogers Place in Edmonton NEXT GAME Today | Game 2 St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks 3:30 p.m. Rogers Place (Edmonton), TV: Sportsnet; Radio: Sportsnet 650 AM THE BIG MATCHUP Jordan Binnington vs. Bo Horvat The Canucks’ captain ignited his team Wednesday night, scoring twice against Binnington, who was not good in a 5-2 loss.
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A lot of really good human beings on this team. Just as important in the Canucks’ playoff-opening win was the play of Stecher and his defence pairing partner Alex Edler. They went head to head with the Blues’ first line of Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz and kept them contained.
The top of the Western Conference features the defending Stanley Cup champion, a 2018 finalist with even more talent and an MVP front-runner.
The Minnesota Wild returned home from the Western Conference bubble with regret, dismay and another postseason defeat. Despite the spark that was on display after the change in head coaches up until the pandemic put the sport on a four-plus-month pause, their performance in the qualifying round against Vancouver provided more evidence that this is an incomplete if competitive team. The goaltending, so steady for so much of the franchise's 20-year history, has reached the top of the offseason to-do list.
There are a couple of goalies near the top and some of the brightest young stars in the NHL making an immediate impact so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It was Goodbye Toronto and not Goodbye Columbus as the Blue Jackets shutout the Maple Leafs to win the best-of-five series and get into the playoffs. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)