Canucks dominate Kings in game 5, look to finish off series Sunday night in L.A
When Roberto Luongo is on his game, he is tough to score on. When the Sedins are on their game, they are tough to stop. When the Canucks special teams is successful, they are tough to beat. When all three things happen at the same time.....they are dominant. That is exactly what happened Friday night as Vancouver swamped L.A 7-2 in game 5 of their best of seven series.
The Sedins were reunited with Mikael Samuelsson for game 5 and the three Swede’s were nothing short of amazing, combining for 7 points and dominating nearly everytime their line was on the ice. Samuelsson scored twice, and now leads the NHL with 7 playoff goals, while Daniel Sedin scored once and added an assist and Henrik Sedin had 2 assists. Steve Bernier, who has been very solid thus far in the post-season, scored twice as well as being a physical force all night. Pavol Demitra has really stepped up his game in the playoffs; he scored once and chipped in with 2 assists. Alexander Edler scored the other Canuck goal. Michal Handzus and Fredrik Modin scored for the Kings. L.A goalie Jonathan Quick was pulled in the 2nd, giving way to Erik Ersberg, who was later also pulled after stopping only 2 of 4 shots. Quick finished with only 21 saves on 26 shots. Luongo on the other hand was on point all night, stopping 24 of 26 shots, and many without giving up a rebound.
Everyone’s favourite Dman, Andrew Alberts played a good game. He played just over 15 minutes and even chipped in with an assist and finished with a plus 2 rating.
Vancouver was very successful in their defensive zone, keeping L.A on the perimeter almost all night and limiting their scoring chances. The Kings looked overmatched Friday night and the Canucks definitely have their swagger back.
The game had plenty of emotion, especially in the third when Kings forward Wayne Simmonds and Canucks defenseman Shane O’Brien got in a rare playoff scrap. There wasn’t many great punches landed, but O’Brien ended the fight with a takedown, and a nice celebration that had the fans loving every minute of it. On the shift after, L.A’s super-pest Rich Clune tracked down Vancouver’s best fighter Rick Rypien, challenging him to a scrap. Rypien, of course, obliged the offer then quickly ended the scrap with two quick lefts on the jaw that dropped Clown, er Clune and left him struggling off the ice. The fights were icing on the cake for Canuck fans who witnessed one of the most dominating performances in Vancouver’s playoff history.
The series resumes with game 6 in Los Angeles on Sunday night where the Canucks will try to end the series and if they play anything like they did on Friday, they shouldn’t have much trouble finishing off the Kings.