Canucks Report: Classy Captain Aides Rome's First
CLASSY CAPTAIN AIDES ROME'S FIRST
By Nolan Kelly
In the dwindling seconds, with a 2-1 lead, Aaron Rome flicked the puck out of the Canucks zone, trying to relive the pressure from the six Nashville attackers.
He didn’t put a lot on the clearance attempt, no doubt hoping to avoid an icing call, but the puck was aimed perfectly, straight at the Nashville net, needing only Henrik Sedin to slow up and watch it cross the line to give Rome his first goal as a Vancouver Canuck.
"The nicest thing on Romer's goal was to see Henrik, who could have skated and put the puck in the net, make sure it was Rome's," said Coach Vigneault.
"It says a lot about our captain and our team and how they think of one another."
The always humble Henrik downplayed his contribution.
"Ah, no, I’m not that fast,” said Henrik, referring to the allegation that he could have caught up to the puck and tapped it home himself.
“How do you like Hank? What a classy move to let it go in for Romer,” said Kevin Bieksa.
In case you missed it, here’s the goal.
WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPS
The Canucks have clinched the first overall seed in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history, bolstering new franchise marks for points in a season (111), wins (51) and road wins (26) in the process.
"We talked about getting in, getting first in our division, and if the conference was there, go for it," Coach Alain Vigneault said. "We did it and we clinched it. It is a good moment for our group."
"It's nice," Luongo said. "It's one of our goals that we set out to accomplish when we started the year, but we have more goals ahead of us."
Up until now, the highest the Canucks have ever been seeded in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is 3rd, a feat they’ve accomplished four times in the past seven years.
The Canucks magic number to clinch the President’s trophy is down to two. Any combination of two Flyers losses or two Canucks wins, gives Vancouver the trophy.
LACK NAMED AHL ALL ROOKIE TEAM
The Manitoba Moose, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, announced today that goaltender Eddie Lack has been named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.
Lack, 23, has appeared in 49 games so far with the Manitoba Moose in his first professional season in North America. The native of Norrtalje, SWE has compiled a record of 27-19-3 which ranks him third amongst AHL goalies in wins. His 2.16 goals against average is tops amongst rookie goalies and is fourth overall in the league. His .928 save percentage is also the highest amongst first-year goalies and is third overall in the AHL. He is second in the league in with 2,945 minutes played and is second in saves with 1,368. Lack’s five shutouts this season is one shy of the franchise record.
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HAMHUIS CONCUSSION UPDATE
Good news on the Dan Hamhuis injury front, as the Canucks defenseman has stated he’s feeling better and looking forward to a return to game action.
"I feel fine, and I'm hoping for a quick recovery," he said before the Canucks game against the Predators on Tuesday night.
Hamhuis suffered his fourth career concussion and second of the season Sunday in Columbus.
Still no offical timetable for his return.