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Canucks capture first win

Wednesday, 07.10.2009 / 11:00 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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Canucks capture first win

You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 7-1 thumping of Montreal.

Henrik Sedin scored two goals in under four minutes midway through the second period.

The Canucks had the Canadiens on the ropes up 3-1 when Henrik found the back of the net first on the power play then at even strength, but his second and third tallies of the year made this game a laugher.

Mason Raymond scored the game-winner at 16:41 of the first period on a beautiful individual effort that saw him bolt down the left wing past Maxim LaPierre before putting a backhand shot through the legs of Carey Price. Speed kills and Raymond proved it on this goal.

Vancouver needed someone to step up offensively and Henrik Sedin was that man. The newly appointed assistant captain finished the night with four points, back-to-back goals and assists on goals by Steve Bernier and Alex Burrows.

Hank was efficient scoring on the only two shots he had against Montreal and now has six points (3-3-6) in four games on the season.

Although the crowd wanted Henrik to fill the hat, which hasn’t been done at home since March 27, 2006 when Burrows scored three in a 7-4 win over Los Angeles, the Swedish forward was simply relieved to get the win.

The Canucks had a few goals for the opening period against the Canadiens and one was shutting down Montreal offensively. Cue Kevin Bieksa.

Fresh off the birth of his second child, who came into the world early Wednesday morning, Bieksa was lights out in the first period leading all Canucks in ice time with eight minutes on 10 shifts. The result was only four shots on goal for Montreal, all of which Roberto Luongo turned aside.

In scoring seven goals, the Canucks found the back of the net more times in 60 minutes than they had in their first three games.

Another important stat is that those goals were scored by six different Canucks, including Henrik, Burrows, Bernier, Raymond, Samuelsson and Kesler.


Steve Bernier on the play of the Canucks against the Habs:

“That was a fun game to play, we were rolling four lines and everybody was chipping in and chipping out and forechecking extremely hard. That’s why we had all those turnovers, all those penalties against us because we worked hard and we were trying to do something with it.”


And you thought Rick Rypien was tough before.

Mighty Mouse, all 5-foot-11, 170-pounds of him, went toe-to-toe with Hal Gill, 6-foot-7, 230-pound Hal Gill, and decisively knocked the snot out of him. Goliath didn’t hit the ground, but it was evident he wasn’t feeling so hot after David pummeled him with lefts and rights to the face and body. Rypien even through up a few blocks for good measure.

Vancouver’s screwy schedule begins immediately as the Canucks now play only once in the next eight days. The team has Thursday off before practicing Friday and Saturday, then the Dallas Stars come to town on Sunday. After that it’s another four days without games prior to Vancouver jet setting to Calgary to meet the Flames.

The schedule is far from perfect with the Canucks antsy to get back on the ice and use the momentum from this win in their favour, but they’ll deal with it. The Stars are in for an energized bunch come Sunday.

NUMBERS

1 – Goal allowed by Roberto Luongo. He stood tall making 27 saves, including 15 in the second period.

3 – Players scored their first goal of the season: Raymond, Bernier & Kesler.

5 – Wins for Vancouver in its last six games against Montreal.

6 – Canucks who beat Carey Price, including Henrik (2), Burrows, Bernier, Raymond, Samuelsson and Kesler.

35 – Shots on goal for the Canucks. They're now averaging over 38 through four games.

QUOTABLE
"We’ve been waiting for this, we’ve had a lot of chances it just seems that the puck hasn’t been bouncing our way. We’ve been waiting for this and tonight we got a few bounces here and there."

-Henrik Sedin

"It’s nice to get the win finally after four games. We spoke about relaxing before the game and going out there and just having fun, playing our game and not worrying about the record."

-Roberto Luongo

"We could have easily been 3-0 and we weren’t, that’s going to happen though sometimes and our guys kept this guys where they needed to be, which was on the process on the ice."

-Alain Vigneault
OFFENCE

Finally rewarded for all their shots, the Canucks chased Carey Price from the net in his BC debut and it couldn't have been any sweeter. 

The Canucks scored a season-high seven goals on 35 shots, that's more than they had in their first three games combined.

The Sedins were mesmerizing, the second and third lines produced and Rypien taught Hal Gill a lesson; it was a group effort on this night.

DEFENCE

There wasn't much room on the ice for either team in the first period, but the Canucks made it especially tough on the Habs allowing a miniscule four shots against.

Vancouver surrendered only 28 overall, and that includes a bad lapse in the second where the Canucks were outshot 14-0.

Roberto Luongo silenced his haters, at least for tonight, with a great game between the pipes. He stopped 27 shots overall.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks did not mess around on the power play, they just scored on it. Vancouver finished 3-for-5 with eight shots on goal, easily the team's best special teams performance of the season.

The penalty kill was also effective stopping three of four Montreal power plays. The Habs scored their lone goal 5-on-4.