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The Goods: Mason Raymond Day

Sunday, 27.12.2009 / 9:00 PM / Features
By Janelle Kidd
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The Goods: Mason Raymond Day

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 5-1 win over Calgary.

Mason Raymond converted a perfect feed from Aleander Edler to record his third of the night. His first career hat trick propelled Vancouver to a 5-1 victory over the Flames.

Continuing their winning ways, the Canucks found their road game tonight, getting off to a quick start in the physical affair that pitted two division rivals against each other for the third of six season match ups.

The Flames drew first blood with a goal from Jarome Iginla, but the Canucks responded quickly and never looked back. Henrik Sedin's 18th goal and 50th point of the season put the visiting squad on the board.

Reveling in some rare puck luck, the Canucks continued to build their lead. Kyle Wellwood snuck one past Miikka Kiprusoff and Raymond potted two before the buzzer sounded to end the first.

With 40 minutes left to play, the Canucks played well with the lead, continuing to pressure the Flames. Roberto Luongo played a key role, turning away 29 shots as Calgary attempted to battle from behind.

After dropping the first two games against the Flames this season, the Canucks redeemed themselves with the convincing win. With the win Vancouver passed Calgary in the standings, moving into seventh in the West with 46 points.

It was a solid team effort tonight, but the Mason Raymond’s star shone brighter than the rest.

Stealing the spotlight as he continues to surpass his previous career highs midway through the season, Raymond notched his first NHL hat trick.

With less than two minutes left to play in the first a speeding Raymond tipped Mikael Samuelsson's shot past Kiprusoff. Thirty-four seconds later he beat the Flames star netminder again, this time flipping the puck from centre. The memorable goal sealed the fate of Kiprusoff, who started the second period on the bench after letting in 4 goals on 13 shots.

Raymond solidified his natural hat trick, receiving at least one hat in recognition, likely from his family and friends who were in attendance, converting Edler's feed, for the only goal of the final 40 minutes.

Helping to set the tone early, Willie Mitchell was out on the Canucks first penalty kill of the game, shutting down the Flames power play unit.

The veteran d-man recorded a helper on Henrik's goal, pulling within one of the 100-assist milestone. However, his key role in the win was more significant in the defensive zone.

Mitchell had four blocked shots and was instrumental in keeping the Flames to a single goal, clearing the puck from the crease during a second period scrum in front of the Vancouver net.

He finished the game a team-leading +3, with 22:37 minutes of ice time that included 5:30 on the penalty kill.

Raymond, an Alberta native continues to post career high numbers, celebrating his first three goal game of his young NHL career at the Saddledome.

Midway through the season Raymond has already tallied 29 points, 17 goals and 12 assists in 39 games. His previous career high was last year's total of 23 points (11-12-23) accumulated over 72 games.

The speedy winger's star keeps rising as he leads the Canucks in power play goals with eight and has recorded 12 points in his last nine games.

Raymond on notching his first career hat trick that included a memorable goal late in the first period:

“It’s something I’ll remember for sure, something special. Especially in front of friends and family, that’s always fun, but credit to the team, they played well and Louie made some big saves and we’ll go with it.

“It was weird, I was just looking to get a good flip, get it in the zone and I knew when it was in mid air that Kipper didn’t know where it was and I thought this has a chance. I still don’t know where it went in, but I’ll take it. ”

The Canucks found their road game, playing an energetic, physical style in the 5-1 victory over the Flames. The win kicked off their four game, seven day road trip that will take them into the new year.

Next stop for the Canucks is Phoenix where they'll face off against the Coyotes on Tuesday. The Pacific division squad currently sits fourth in the West and sixth in the league at 50 points, four points ahead of Vancouver.

NUMBERS

1 – Goal for for Kyle Wellwood.

16 – Blocked shots for the Canucks.

29 – Saves for Roberto Luongo.

50 – Points for Henrik, the first Canuck to reach the mark so far this season.

99 – Assists for Willie Mitchell over his NHL career.

OFFENCE

Raymond's natural hat trick was the story of the night as the Canucks continue to roll. Offensive production was coming from everyone as Henrik and Wellwood also chipped in markers.

Calgary narrowly out-shot Vancouver 30-29.

DEFENCE

The Canucks blueline was solid, giving up only one goal to the Flames, who ice a bounty of offensive talent.

Luongo shut the door after the opening Calgary goal, turning away 29 shots in the win.

SPECIAL TEAMS

It was a typical physical match up between the fierce rivals as Vancouver looked to improve their season record against the Flames.

The Canucks were 1-for-7 on the man advantage and blanked the Flames on 4 power plays.