Game 1 is in the books, a closer-than-it-should have been 1-0 win. A pretty dominating victory for 1 goal game, but I sure would have liked a slightly bigger cushion. You've got to believe Nashville will put together a better effort on Saturday, but that was some pretty weak sauce out there. As Trotz said post-game it was mostly their forwards, but they lost so many puck battles, so many scrambled draws, and I thought this series was going to be a slugfest, but they barely hit anyone. Having said that, seeing the final seconds tick off the clock was a relief -- you'd hate to let this one slip through your fingers and then bite you in the ass later on. It was really nice to see Luongo post the shutout -- that's 2 GA in the last 9 periods (if you count the partial OT periods). He certainly wasn't called on to do much through 2, but he came up big when it counted and they didn't leave him much margin for error. I also thought he did a pretty good job handling the puck outside his crease, at least by his standards. And full credit to Rinne, who was very solid, but man does it feel like we're snakebitten the last couple of games. I doubt there's a stretch all year where our conversion rate on golden opportunities, let alone lucky bounces has been so low. We obviously need to adjust a little to get more traffic in front of Rinne, but we did at least a semi-decent job tonight, just not much to show for it. Thank god for Higgins finishing that beautiful pass by Lapierre, set up by an even nice couple of plays at the blue line by Bieksa. I'll take the 1-0 score line and the 1-0 series lead, especially in a game a lot of people were expecting us to lose. We played a really solid game, outhustling a team for whom hustling is their signature, we'll need to keep that level of compete up because I see them bringing more to the table in Game 2. Having said that, their PK looked completely discombobulated and we were very unlucky not to score. If they don't tighten up massively, and stay out of the box a whole lot better than they did tonight, the Canucks' PP is going to lay the hurt on them sooner or later, and if the games continue to be this close it could really swing the balance a lot. All I really want after this Game is for Vancouver to avoid the self-satisfaction they experienced after going up 3-0 on Chicago, but you've got to think they've learned their lesson, right?