Well (wood) that was convincing.
So much ink has been spilled over the fortunes of the former Leaf center (since he was claimed off waivers in July) that extra vats may need to be imported to Canwest for the remainder of the campaign.
Baptized by the waiver draft, Kyle Wellwood has emerged as a top six forward with hands of silk and a flair for the highlight reel. This was evident last night as Vancouver beat Toronto in a 4-2 lashing at the Air Canada Center. Wellwood opened the scoring with a beautiful re-direct from Pavol Demitra. After that is it was scoring by committee as the Canucks continue to roll through November defeated only once in regulation.
The best forward on the ice was Demitra who registered 3 assists on his first game back back from a rib injury that kept him side-lined for a month. The shifty Slovak quarterbacked the power-play and seemed to click well with the Sedins even-strength and five-on-five. This is a welcome effort for a team that slumped in the goals-for column despite going 5-1-2 this month.
One thing I liked about the broadcast was hearing the familiar colloquialisms of Jim Hewson ring out on the Hockey Night In Canada broadcast. As much as John Shorthouse is loved in Vancouver it was so nice to have the play-by-play guys stacked in both television (previously Hewson on Sportsnet) and radio (previously Shorthouse on Team1040). But its all much ado about nothing really, the fact is we were blessed for years in B.C., with an abundance of broadcasting talent, so its no wonder that CBC swooped in on Hewson. It was nice while it lasted.
Much like this victory I suppose, which came as a must win for Vancouver. The reason it will be short lived is because they need to prepare for another must win in New York. The only way Vancouver can make the playoffs is if they beat the teams that are beatable and let Louie win the rest of them.
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