Wild third ends run

Tuesday, 27.10.2009 / 10:30 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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Wild third ends run

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 5-4 loss to Detroit.

Jason Williams finished off a back-door pass from Valtteri Filppula on the power play with 5:03 remaining in the third period to put the Red Wings up 5-4.

Williams’ second goal of the season came with Willie Mitchell in the box for high-sticking in what was a chippy and wild third period that had Vancouver and Detroit combine for six goals.

The Canucks led 2-1 heading into the third off goals from Henrik Sedin and Christian Ehrhoff, but the Red Wings were quick to respond in the final frame tying the game up at 2-2. Mathieu Schneider scored his first goal with the Canucks on the power play to put the home side up 3-2, that seemed to enrage Pavel Datsyuk as he scored back-to-back goals to pull the Wings ahead 4-3.

Henrik rallied the Canucks with his second goal of the game, this time on the power play, and overtime was in the cards until Williams ended the see-saw battle.

With two goals and an assists against Detroit, Henrik Sedin did just about everything possible to help the Canucks go toe-to-toe with the Red Wings.

Hank had points in six of his first seven games before enduring a three-game pointless streak. He seems to have found his scoring touch once again and Henrik is now on a two-game point streak with a pair of goals and assists in Vancouvers last two outings.

Just 30 seconds into the first period against the Wings Henrik was on the board with his fifth goal of the season, he followed that up with an assist on the Schneider goal before scoring late on the power play.

Kevin Bieksa and the defence didn’t quite have enough in the tank to hold off the high-flying Red Wings, but he certainly gave the team hope offensively.

Bieksa recorded a season-high three assists picking up the second helper on Vancouver’s first three goals. This is the fourth time in his career Bieksa has hit the three point mark in a game and first time since the Canucks downed the Anaheim Ducks 7-6 in a shootout last Halloween.

Honorable mention to Mathieu Schneider, who scored his first goal with the Canucks on his first shot. What a blast.

Vancouver and Detroit said the heck with defence and focused on offence in the third period, or at least it seemed, and in combining for six goals both teams undoubtedly learned a valuable lesson.

The Canucks now know that trying to sit on a lead against such a high-octane team, especially on the power play, is akin to hitting your hand with a hammer. It was great to see Vancouver step up and go back and forth with Detroit, but that’s just not the game plan that will lead to success.

The Red Wings waltz out of GM Place with two points, surely smiling that despite having lost three straight games coming in, their offence still has what it takes to shoot down anyone.

Mathieu Schneider on Vancouver’s first loss in four games and first home loss in six contests:

“They played their system to a tee and we had breakdowns. They forced us into outnumbered situations and that’s their game, they’re masters at that. We’ve got to do a better job of supporting the puck all over ice, too many times guys were left alone on an island and that’s when they were able to turn the puck around and come back at us.”

In giving up a 2-1 third period lead, the Canucks lost for the first time this season after leading through 40 minutes of play.

That streak would have come to an end sooner or later, but it always stings when you’ve got the Stanley Cup challengers from a season ago up against the ropes and you let them slip.

Wednesday is an off-day for the Canucks, although the team is sure to hit the ice to work out a few kinks before jet setting to California for a brief two-game trip.

Los Angeles is first up, the Canucks visit the Kings Wednesday night.


NUMBERS

:30 – Time it took the Canucks to open the scoring thanks to Henrik Sedin's fifth goal of the season.

3 – Assists for Kevin Bieksa, the fourth time he's hit that mark in a game in his career.

4 – Shots Chris Osgood faced, allowing two goals, before he was pulled in favour of Jimmy Howard.

100 – Career power play goals for Mathieu Schneider.

300 – NHL games for Alex Burrows.

QUOTABLE
"He’s a first class guy and everyone in this locker room loves him and he plays so hard every night and blocks shots and competes, he’s a warrior."

-
Shane O'Brien (on Ryan Johnson)

"We gave them way too much room and took some bad penalties and they’ve got a great power play, we knew that coming in."

-Henrik Sedin

"It wasn’t our best game, I don’t think it was their best game either, if you give them chances then sooner or later it’s in the net."

-Mikael Samuelsson
OFFENCE

The Canucks put forth an outstanding offensive performance on this night with four goals on 26 shots.

They scored early (just 30 seconds in) and scored often (two goals in the first seven minutes and change), but it wasn't enough to take down the Red Wings.

Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa both collected three points each.

DEFENCE

Through two periods the Canucks had only given up one goal and were looking as tight as ever. Even when the Red Wings had chances, Roberto Luongo came up big with numerous saves.

That all changed with a quick goal in the third period and three more after that as Detroit's offence picked on Vancouver in its own end and were able to sneak pucks past Luongo.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks finished 2-for-4 on the power play, but gave up two goals on three attempts to the Red Wings.