For those that have been following us here for awhile, you’ll remember that our favourite off-season move was the signing of Raffi Torres. And while it’s certainly way too soon to say we told you so, Raffi has been giving us a good taste of what he can deliver. His reputation is one of a player who runs hot and cold; so much so that last season despite scoring 19 regular season goals, he was benched for the final 2 playoff games by the scoring challenged Sabres.
Right now, Torres along with smooth skating face-off winning Manny Maholtra and the tenacious grinding of Jannick Hansen comprise the Canucks’ most consistent line - exactly what team management had hoped for from their overhauled third line.
In the end, Torres deserved his first goal for his all out effort to swat at a loose puck, was in the right place at the right time to deflect his second and got lucky on the third. But as they say, throw the puck at the net and good things will happen.
His play helped rescue 2 points from what should have been an easy victory after an opening period 3-0 lead. But the Canucks again got a little sloppy in their own end to make things interesting. We’d love to dissect that a little further, but will save that for a night when we’ve actually pissed away some points.
The Canucks, who had deserved a better fate in their earlier road games (they were really only badly outplayed in the Minnesota debacle) now have their first road win so the pundits will have to find something else to chew on. Like Cory Schneider getting the start tomorrow night in Colorado.