God bless Hockey Night in Canada. Seriously. If you missed the Vancouver-Edmonton game last night, then you slept through a doozy.
Looks like NHL.com slept through it too, or at least jumped the gun. Sure the Sens are floundering (look out for Montreal), but that Ottawa-Jersey game didn’t come close to the intensity that HNIC’s late game had. It was a hard-fought, gritty game. A game you’d expect to see in the playoffs. But that atmosphere was present because what was at stake.
With their 4-2 win, the Canucks put themselves back into the playoffs, while Edmonton is quickly teetering on the verge of rebuilding mode–again. Edmonton was fighting to save their season while Vancouver was trying to keep their second season hopes alive.
And there were some fights, too. The two teams played a no holds barred style we don’t see enough of. And can’t get enough of. As the games begin to mean more to every team, and the logjam in the standings in both conferences, we should see a few more games like this one down the stretch, and hear no complaints about it.