John Garrett: Success breeds success
How many times have you heard "success breeds success"?
The Vancouver Canucks have been on a roll and it is no coincidence that it has been fuelled by one good play after another, one good shift after another and one good game after another.
On November 25th the Canucks lost their second consecutive home game and fourth game in a row when the Phoenix Coyotes beat them 3-2. The night before Chicago (who now sits in eleventh) beat them 7-1. For the first time in the season Henrik and Daniel Sedin were held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games. The powerplay was struggling and the goaltending was ordinary.
Seventeen games later the Canucks look like the class of the league.
Success started with a four game win streak including a 3-0 shutout of the hated Hawks in Chicago. After a disappointing 3-2 loss to St.Louis on December 5th, the Canucks have gone 10-0-2. Henrik and Daniel have 35 points in those 12 games. Ryan Kesler had 17 points in that same 12 game span including an eight game point streak.
Kevin Bieksa had a season high four game streak. Manny Malhotra had a three game streak and Raffi Torres has five points in his last six games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 25 goals in his last 13 starts and that includes a forgettable game against Detroit. He has been on fire. Cory Schneider has allowed only nine goals in his last four starts and has yet to lose in regulation.
In their final game of 2010 in Dallas, Schneider stopped 44 of 45 shots and the power play scored three times. The Canucks did not play that well but they found a way to win. In Denver Alex Bolduc scored his first NHL goal and set up Mason Raymond in his first game back and Roberto Luongo held the fort. They found a way to win.
On a league basis the Canucks have the best goal differential at 35. They have the most points on the road in the Western Conference and are third at home. They are second in power play efficiency and third in penalty killing. As I am writing this they lead the league with 55 points. Not the Northwest division,not the Western Conference, they lead the league.
Success breeds Success.