Enter Sandman

Last season, any game in which the Canucks did not start goaltender Roberto Luongo was perceived by fans and pundits alike to be a precarious enterprise. This season, it appears, matters are different.
In a game the Canucks arguably deserved to lose, back-up goaltender Curtis Sanford (signed in the summer as an unrestricted free agent) was spectacular, stopping 35 of 36 shots on goal en route to a 4-1 Canucks victory over Columbus.
In fact, during a spell in play from the second period until early in the third, the Canucks were outshot 20-0, and shorthanded six times. Yet, Sanford stood tall, allowing only one goal (Rick Nash’s power play marker early in the second).
Largely due to Sanford, the Canucks were able to hold off the Blue Jackets’ barrage until captain Markus Naslund scored on a trademark wrist shot to put the Canucks up 3-1, and the game effectively out of reach.
Notable contributors on the night, apart from Sanford, also included Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa. Kesler played what coach Alain Vigneault suggested might have been his best game as a Canuck, scoring twice, and Bieksa, for the first time this season, looked like the player he was last season, scoring once and throwing his weight around with aplomb.
The win puts the Canucks back at .500 (4-4). With Luongo returning in net for tonight’s game with Carolina, the team has an excellent opportunity to build on the win and string a few more together.

1 Response to “Enter Sandman”

  1. 1 Paul October 22, 2007 at 6:45 pm


    You are writing about the talents of Curtis Sanford, think about that.

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