The Goods: Canucks greet 2010 with 'W'
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 3-1 win over Dallas.
…Alex Burrows scored the easiest of his 11 goals on the season by putting the puck into an empty cage with 17 seconds remaining in the third period to seal a 3-1 Canucks win over the Stars.
Vancouver begins 2010 the same way it ended 2009 thanks to a solid start that saw the Canucks outshoot the Stars 11-10 in the first period, but it wasn’t until early in the second that the visitors found the back of the net.
Just 90 ticks into the second frame Ryan Kesler snuck a quick wrist shot past Marty Turco off a bullet pass from Mason Raymond to put Vancouver up 1-0. That’s how the second period finished, unfortunately any momentum the Canucks had going into the third was wiped out when Loui Eriksson chipped a loose puck past Roberto Luongo before the zamboni was even off the ice, a mere 37 seconds in, to tie things up.
With the way Luongo and Turco have been known to duke it out this game appeared destined for overtime, but a Daniel Sedin power play goal put Vancouver in front for good and ensured extra time wouldn’t be needed to shoot down the Stars.
The Canucks wrap up their four-game road trip winning three of four games, while collecting seven of a possible eight points.
Afternoon starts and Roberto Luongo typically go together like New Year’s Eve and Team USA at the World Juniors, but this game was different with Luongo coming through for the Canucks.
Hardly tested throughout the first two periods, Luongo had to put on a show over the final 20 minutes, which included 14 saves, to ensure a Vancouver win, its fifth in six games.
Captain Canucks’ biggest save came with 6:06 left in the third with Dallas pressing for the equalizer. Brendan Morrow lasered a cross-ice pass to Mike Modano at the right of the Vancouver goal, he threw a swift shot on goal but Luongo sprang across just in time to make the stop. He blindly jetted his right pad towards the post and it was enough to keep Modano off the board.
You’ve got to be good to be lucky and Luongo, who has won his last five starts against the Stars, was both on this afternoon. He finished with 31 stops.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin made the most of going up against Trevor Daley and Karlis Skrastins as the twins combined for three points, a goal and two helpers, alongside a plus-1 rating with five shots.
For Daniel this was the second consecutive game that he was the benefactor of a gratuitous bounce off an opposing defender that led to a goal. Still, he’s making himself a presence around the net and putting pucks on goal whenever possible. Do that and clearly good things happen. Daniel now has 11 goals on the year.
A two assist effort from Henrik, who is currently riding a six-game point streak, moves him into a tie for the NHL league lead in points with Joe Thornton. Both players have amassed 55 points on the season, although Hank has one game in hand on Big Joe.
Henrik’s first helper against the Stars was the result of some body work along the boards that allowed him to keep the puck in just before Daniel put the Canucks in front; his second assist was on Burrows’ empty net score.
The Sedins have now combined for 30 goals, 55 assists and 85 points this season.
To say this game was a physical affair would be the understatement of the year.
Vancouver and Dallas combined for 89 hits, with 40 in favour of the Canucks. The big three for Vancouver were Steve Bernier (7), Tanner Glass (6) and Shane O’Brien (5), but 14 Canucks had at least one hit.
Steve Ott (9), Brenden Morrow (7) and Mike Ribeiro (6) were the heavy hitters for the Stars, with 14 Dallas players also getting to the body at least once.
Daniel Sedin, scorer of the game’s golden goal, on Vancouver’s 25th win of the season and his 11th goal on the campaign:
”We wanted to have a strong game today and we did, overall it was a decent game. They have a strong team over there so we knew we were in tough, but we came up with two points.”
“I don’t know about hard work, but luck rather. They bounced off a couple of skates, but it’s still nice to see them go in.”
The surging Canucks return to GM Place following this four-game jaunt, with nine of their next 11 contests on home ice.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are first on the menu, they travel to Vancouver on Tuesday before the Canucks host the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday and Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Columbus and Vancouver have met once this season with the Blue Jackets coming away with a 5-3 win on October 5.
1 – Win under .500 for the Canucks on the road (9-10-1).
3 – Points for the Sedins (1-2-3). Hank had two and is now tied for the NHL lead with 55.
11 – Goals this season for Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows.
31 – Saves for Roberto Luongo, including an amazing stop on Mike Modano.
89 – Combined hits for Vancouver and Dallas.
Despite being outshot by the Stars, the Canucks tested Turco just enough to beat him twice, which is all the visitors needed to eek out the win.
Fourteen Canucks had at least one shot on goal. Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler and Mikael Samuelsson had four apiece to lead Vancouver.
The Canucks were outshot by the Stars 32-27.
The absence of Kevin Bieksa was noticeable against the Blues, but not so much versus the Stars with Vancouver's blueliners tightening up in allowing only a single goal.
Roberto Luongo was a king among men between the pipes with 31 saves. He's allowed just a single goal in five of his last 10 starts.
Daniel Sedin's power play goal helped the Canucks finish 1-for-2, while the Stars went 0-for-2.