Heritage Classic: Senators Oust the Canucks

The last of the outdoor/stadium games were wrapped up today in Vancouver as the Ottawa Senators took on the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place for the Heritage Classic. 

The game started out in favor of the Canucks. Jason Garrison would score his seventh of the season to put the Canucks up 1-0. Zack Kassian would score the Canucks final goal of the tilt, halfway through the fist. After Kassian's goal, the Senators would begin their Vancouver take over with a Clarke MacArthur deflect. With three minutes left in the first, defender Erik Karlsson would net a power-play goal to tie up the game. Halfway through the second period, rookie defender, Cody Ceci, would score off a Jason Spezza feed to pull the Senators ahead of the Canucks. The Canucks would pull goaltender Eddie Lack with roughly a minute and a half left in the game, this is when Colin Greening would score an empty netter to officially put the game out of reach for the Canucks with a score of 4-2. 

After the Senators scored their third goal of the game, BC Place erupted with a "We want Lou!" Referring to Canucks starting goaltender Roberto Luongo. It was announced last night that Luongo would not be starting. This action is what essentially lost the game for the Canucks. If you compare Luongo to Lack, Luongo has the experience as well as the ability that would have been essential if the Canucks would have wanted to win the game. The injury sustained by Daniel Sedin also did not help the Canucks cause.

The key to the Senators victory, they utilized every player on the ice. They also utilized the fact that the Canucks were unorganized. But ultimately, the Canucks brought the loss upon themselves.