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The Goods: Ehrh-off to 2010

Thursday, 31.12.2009 / 8:00 PM / Features
By Derek Jory

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 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis.

…Christian Ehrhoff snapped a shot past Chris Mason on the power play 2:24 into overtime to complete a four-goal comeback by the Canucks, who stunned the Blues 4-3.

St. Louis held a 3-0 lead with five minutes left in the second period off goals from Alex Steen, Keith Tkachuk and Andy McDonald and Vancouver appeared to be as done as 2009.

A fluke Daniel Sedin goal put the Canucks on the board before the end of the second and in the third the visitors refused to roll over and play dead, outshooting the Blues 15-7.

Vancouver pulled within a goal 5:46 into the final frame when Mikael Samuelsson converted a shot at the side of the St. Louis goal and Henrik Sedin ensured the Canucks at least a single point when he potted his own rebound with 1:56 left in the third.

Brad Boyes gave the Canucks a leg up in overtime when he high-sticked Ryan Kesler and took a seat for a four-minute double minor. Despite not having scored on eight power plays going into overtime, Ehrhoff’s goal ensured Vancouver the win, it's eighth in 11 games.

Christian Ehrhoff finishes 2009 as the clutchest cat in town.

After being held off the scoresheet through 60 minutes – despite three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating – and in two earlier games against the Blues, Ehrhoff ripped the puck past Mason from in close after taking a perfect pass from Kyle Wellwood.

The goal, Ehrhoff’s ninth of the season, is the first game-winner for Bobby Hoff as a Canuck and the eighth of his career.

For the first time in the history of the The Goods, we’ve got three Unsung Heroes for the same game.

Henrik Sedin gets the nod for his game-tying goal that came with just 1:56 left in regulation. Not only did it inch Hank to within two points of Joe Thornton for the league lead in points, but he ensured the Canucks would get at least a single point for the fifth straight game.

Daniel Sedin is a finalist for opening the scoring and breathing a little life into Vancouver, and for becoming the seventh Canuck with at least 10 goals this season. Danny’s goal was by no means pretty as it went in off Roman Polak and in, but they all count the same.

Rick Rypien, oh Rick Rypien. He gets a tip of the hat as unsung hero for rearranging the face of Cam Janssen with a little wham, bam thank you mam. The pair tussled 12:47 into the first period and while Janssen got the upper hand early, Rypien responded with the familiar fury that has made him a household name. Janssen's face was bloodied, while only Rypien's fist had any damage.

Christian Ehrhoff’s overtime game-winner came on the power play, but it doesn’t erase what a weak effort this was on the man advantage for the Canucks.

Vancouver finished 1-for-9 overall in 14:18 of power play time with 11 shots on goal. Too much over thinking led to too many passes and not enough shots on goal and that almost cost the Canucks an important win that ups them to 2-0-1 on their four game road trip.

The German Gladiator Christian Ehrhoff, on attacking St. Louis at the right moment and the boost his team gets from this win:

”Their confidence isn’t really high right now and we weren’t happy with our second period, we said we’ve got to come out strong and just keep shooting and try to get the first one. We stuck with it and got it done in the end. We kept on battling and we finally got a big one there at the end.”

“It’s a great boost. This road trip is huge for us and to turn this game around makes a huge difference and we’ve got to focus on getting another two points in Dallas.”

The Canucks finish up their four-game road trip with a matinee match in Dallas on Saturday.

The Canucks are 1-1-0 versus the Stars this season, with their lone win coming in a 4-3 shootout in early October. Ryan Kesler and Kyle Wellwood both scored in the shootout.

The first Vancouver game of 2010 has a start time of 11 a.m. (PST).

NUMBERS

1 – Game-winning goal for Christian Ehrhoff as a member of the Canucks.

1 – Overtime win for the Canucks this season.

2
– Points for both Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

2 – Points Henrik Sedin is shy of Joe Thornton for the NHL scoring lead.

30 – Shots for the Canucks, including 15 in the third period.

OFFENCE

Dead in the first, resurgent in the second and alive in the third, Vancouver's offence fought back after a slow start to beat Chris Mason four times.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin had two points each (2 g, 2 a).

Vancouver outshot St. Louis 30-25.

DEFENCE

This was far from a stellar effort on the backend, but when Vancouver needed its defence in the third, the unit came together. 

Roberto Luongo gave up three goals for the first time since St. Louis lit the lamp for three on December 20.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Vancouver went 1-for-9 on the power play with 11 shots, while St. Louis finished 1-for-5 with eight shots.