Game 9: BACK IN THE WINDY CITY

by Ron Spence

I watched the game in a liquor establishment – the Fifth St. Bar and Grill – in Victoria.

And, the cliental weren’t kind to Roberto during the first part of the game. It was as though he had been personally letting them down.

This had changed, however, by the end of the contest.

Willie Mitchell’s big hit sends a message to future opponents and Shane O’Brien was +1 and took only one penalty in a game that would have provoked his lack of discipline in the past. He has only 10 penalty minutes in 9 games – this season – and is a team best +4.

I’m still happy with the Ehrhoff trade – although he was -2 last night – and see Aaron Rome coming along – at a 6th man level.

Bieksa and Edler are horses with 24.55 and 23.58 minutes for the contest, and when they get their games this season, the D will be what I thought it would be.

Mikael Samuelsson continues to impress, as does Henrik.

I’ve enjoyed watching coach V’s speed line, but wish that Mason Raymond would focus on his defense.

I have really enjoyed watching Michael Grabner over the past three games – seeing brief glimpses in his first contest, then bursts of speed in his second and success in his third.

I had heard that he stayed out of traffic, but with Kesler and Raymond leading the charge he is willing to take hits. And, his shot is as good as it was billed.

The Chicago game was a key one for both Roberto and the Canucks – something for the captain to build on.

*****

I hope that Andrew Raycroft gets to face his former team – the Leafs.

I think that the boys would play really hard to help him win.

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