The Goods: Canucks trounce Oilers
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 Edmonton.
…Henrik Sedin found the back of the empty Edmonton net with less than a minute left to play to push the Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the faltering Oilers.
Despite trading chances in the first period, the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes. Capitalizing on a 5-on-3, Daniel Sedin, who hit 300 career assists tonight, potted the first goal of the night. Seconds later, Ryan Kesler padded the lead with another power play marker before Ryan Potulny put Edmonton on the board.
The Canucks came out strong in the final frame. Christian Ehrhoff scored a beauty, his 8th of the season and first in 10 games to put the Canucks ahead 3-1 early in the third.
Tonight's win caps a successful eight game homestand (6-2-0).
An unstoppable force and constant thorn in the opponent’s side, Ryan Kesler continued his high-intensity, two-way game. His 10th of the year was his fifth goal and second game winner in nine games.
All in a night's work, Kesler recorded four shots, two hits and three blocked shots. The gritty centre also took his fair share of abuse, absorbing a hard hit in the first that had him limping to the bench. But nothing could keep him off the ice and he was back out minutes later on the penalty kill.
Rick Rypien continues to climb the NHL ranks and solidify his status as a fan favourite. Never one to back down from a fight, Rypien dropped the gloves with Zack Stortini for the second time this season, in yet another highlight reel fight.
Rypien has come a long way from the undrafted player who turned a try-out with the Moose into a professional contract before cracking the Canucks roster. His presence in the lineup raises the Canucks intensity and energy.
Rypien received a standing ovation for his bout with Stortini and went on to add a helper to the the Canucks winning effort.
The Canucks attribute a lot of their recent success to the strong performance of their special teams.
Their power play seems to have found its grove. Ranked third in the NHL, at 23.1%, the Canucks were 2-for-6 tonight and have notched eight goals on the man advantage in their last eight games.
Their penalty kill, which killed off three Oiler power plays, is 18th in the league at 80.0% and has killed off 26 of 29 penalties during this home stretch.
Head coach Alain Vigneault on the strong play of captain Roberto Luongo and the keys to his team's success:
”You need your goaltender making key saves every game and he did that tonight. A few times I do think we gave them opportunities, he made big saves and that’s what he’s supposed to do for us.
”We were up by a goal after two, and we came on really strong in the third, we didn’t sit back. We kept pushing the pace and that enabled us to score goals. Our D’s right now, like Christian’s goal, is a huge part of our offence... We need that from our defence and we’re getting that right now.”
The Canucks hit the road again, heading straight to Calgary after tonight's win to face off against another division rival tomorrow evening.
The third of six meetings between the two clubs promises to be a physical match up. The Canucks look to make up some ground against Calgary, who won both October contests and sit a point ahead of Vancouver in the standings.
1 – Goal for Christian Ehrhoff, his 8th of the season.
6 – Hits for Darcy Hordichuk.
9 – Wins for the Canucks against Northwest Division teams (9-4-0).
49 – Points so far this season for Henrik, tied second in the NHL.
300 – Assists for Daniel Sedin over his NHL career.
-Daniel Sedin (on reaching 300 assists)
"Obviously the goal they scored, I’d like to have that one back but we were still in the lead and I was able to make the saves after that one. At the end of the day, the two points is all that matters."
-Roberto Luongo (on getting the two points)
"6-2-0 is good, but we have to continue it on the road. It’s something that we have to do to be successful and keep climbing in the standings."
-Ryan Kesler (on improving their road game)
After a scoreless first period, the Canucks found their offensive touch with Daniel and Kesler scoring on the power play.
Ehrhoff solved netminder Deslauriers early in the third frame, before Henrik added an empty-netter in the 4-1 win over the Oilers.
Vancouver outshot Edmonton 28-25.
Luongo stood tall in net, making some key saves to preserve the Canucks lead. Potulny was the only Oiler to get one past him.
The blueline chipped in three points and was solid throughout the night, stifling the Edmonton power play unit.
The Canucks scored twice on the man advantage (2-for-6), while shutting down the Oilers (0-for-3).