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The Goods: Canucks steamroll Predators

Tuesday, 22.12.2009 / 11:00 PM / Features
By Janelle Kidd
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The Goods: Canucks steamroll Predators

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 4-1 win over Nashville.

……Henrik Sedin potted his 16th goal of the season half way through the final period, making it 4-1 and effectively putting the game out of reach for the Predators.

Coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Blues on Sunday, everything was rolling for the home squad tonight as the Canucks put in a solid 60 minutes. After a scoreless first, that saw Vancouver outshoot their opponents 14-6, Vancouver only seemed to gain steam from there.

Steve Bernier tallied first, solving Predators netminder Dan Ellis, before Daniel Sedin finished a perfect tic-tac-toe play on the man advantage, scoring the game winner and putting the Canucks up 2-0 heading into the third.

Sami Salo’s laser finally found the back of the net in the third, before Henrik Sedin added a fourth goal. The Predators continued to attempt a comeback, Patric Hornqvist ended Roberto Luongo’s shutout with about five minutes left, but it was too little too late to catch the dominating Canucks.

With the decisive win, Vancouver improved to 5-2-0 on their eight-game homestand.

Vancouver’s top duo was at its cycling best tonight. The Sedins combined for six points, both recording a goal and two assists, propelling the Canucks to a 4-1 victory over Nashville.

Henrik's 16th goal of the season and his three-point night has him right in the thick of the NHL's top scorers and closing in on his personal best. With 47 points (16-31-47) Hank sits behind only Joe Thornton and Marian Gaborik.

Playing strong on the puck, the twins with three shots each were a constant threat in the offensive zone.

Kesler defends his title, continuing his aggressive, unrelenting play. Although he didn’t tally on the scoreboard, his presence was certainly felt by the visiting Predators. Logging a forward-leading 18:48 minutes of ice time, he had four shots, three takeaways and was 69% in the faceoff circle.

Taking one for the team, Kesler also exchanged blows with Nashville’s top defenceman Shea Weber early in the second frame, and watched from the penalty box as the Canucks capitalized and Bernier buried his 10th of the season to put the Canucks on the board.

Not only did the Canucks stifle the Predators, who have been red hot as of late, scoring five or more goals in their last four games, but the home team turned up the heat on their own offence.

After the final buzzer, the Canucks had outshot the Predators 36-21. A third of Vancouver’s shots were generated on the power play, that was 1-for-3. Despite a decisive lead, Vancouver continued to pepper Ellis until the very end.

Captain Roberto Luongo was happy with his team’s complete effort, that didn’t let up over 60 minutes:

“It was great to see. We knew this was the last game before Christmas and we wanted to make sure we ended on the right note. I thought it was one of our best efforts of the year by far.

"We talked about it before we went out there for the second. We had a good first period but we wanted to back it up with a good second as well. We’ve had some let downs coming out on the second period lately but tonight obviously we had a great second period."

The Canucks head into their Christmas break on a positive note. The team won't be back on the ice until after Christmas, giving them three days to rest up before hosting the Edmonton Oilers on Boxing Day, to end their eight-game homestand.

The division rivals have already met three times this season, and Vancouver has the edge 2-1-0 record.


NUMB3RS

1 – Hit from Alex Edler who returned to the line up after missing six games due to injury.

5
– Shots on net recorded by Mason Raymond and Christian Ehrhoff.

12
– Shots for the Canucks on the man advantage.

16 – Goals for Henrik, a team high.

20 – Saves by Roberto Luongo.

QUOTABLE
“It was a more complete game. We didn’t take our foot off the petal at all, I think we just kept going at them and didn’t sit back, so from that point of view it was a pretty good game."

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Sami Salo (on a complete effort)

"It was good, we had a big power play goal in the second there and it was easy after that. It was a solid effort."


-Daniel Sedin (on the top line's play)

"Our guys a complete game on the ice, execution-wise, intensity, energy and we deserved to win this game. It’s unfortunate that we lost the shutout at the end of the game, but overall the team was really good."

-Alain Vigneault (on deserving to win)
OFFENCE

The Canucks came to play tonight and were sharp right from the beginning. The game remained scoreless after the first, but Vancouver persisted.

Outshooting Nashville 36-21, the Canucks recorded shots from 13 players and goals from Bernier, Daniel, Salo and Henrik in the 4-1 win.

DEFENCE

The Canucks defensive game was solid tonight as they held the high flying Predators to only 21 shots. Roberto Luongo stood tall in net, making key saves to keep the game out of reach for the visiting squad.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks recorded a power play marker in the second frame and finished 1-for-3, while the Predators failed to capitalize on two man advantages.