The Goods: Ed on a swivel
You know things are going your way when Aaron Volpatti and Dale Weise are
logging power play time.
That was the case Tuesday night in Calgary when the Vancouver Canucks doused the Flames 5-1 for their second consecutive win, another convincing 60-minute effort, to open a six-game road trip.
In the third Vancouver eased into cruise control producing just three shots while coach Alain Vigneault gave power play specialists Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows some time off.
After all, the damage had already been done and it was that trio in the centre of the action.
With the Canucks up 1-0 midway through the first, Burrows buried himself in the crease on the power play and banged home his fourth goal of the season from his back. Six minutes later it was Henrik to Daniel to the back of the net making it clear the Flames were in for a long night.
Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots and was 31.6 seconds away from his 56th career shutout before Alex Tanguay played spoiler, but it’s the win Luongo was after and he was
solid throughout the night.
Had Luongo blanked the Flames, Higgins’ first period score would have counted as the game-winner, the 14th of his career.
With the way Higgins is playing, he shouldn’t have to wait long to get it.
The grimy forward, currently skating with Manny Malhotra and Jannik Hansen on Vancouver’s third line, now leads the Canucks in goals with six and his eight points had him tied for fourth in team scoring.
Higgins is getting the bounces he needs and so are the Canucks, who have 12 goals in two games since being shutout by the St. Louis Blues.
“As a team we wished we would have had a little bit of a better start, but things are starting to come together now, we’re starting to get goals in bunches and that includes
myself,” said Higgins.
“We were excited coming off that game with Washington and we wanted to keep it going and get off on the right foot on this road trip. The key for us was getting that first goal
and then the power play took over. Hank, Danny and Burr were pretty on during that first period, it was fun to watch even from the bench.”
Vancouver improves to 4-0-0 when scoring first this season, (you might want to write these next ones down as ammunition against the Flames fan at work) 5-0-0 in their last five trips to Calgary and 9-0-2 over their last 11 games against the Flames.
A lot was made about Christian Ehrhoff bolting for Buffalo and how his offence would be sorely missed. It hasn’t been thanks to Alex Edler.
The 25-year-old defenceman scored and had two assists in his second consecutive three-point outing; Edler now has three goals and nine assists in 12 games to sit two points back of the Sedins for Vancouver’s scoring lead.
Crunch the numbers and Edler in on pace for 82 points this season. Sprinkle in a few more three-point games and 100 points could be within reach.
I’m joking, clearly, but many thought the Canucks were joking in believing that Vancouver’s defence could pick up the numbers dropped with the departure of Ehrhoff.
Joining Edler with an equally impressive offensive outburst thus far is Sami Salo and his eight points (3-5-8), while every defenceman with 12 games under their belt has at least a point, for 27 in total.
Overall, Edler is one point back of Marc-Andre Bergeron and Erik Karlsson for the NHL lead in points by defencemen.
DANIEL HITS 254
It was only a matter of time.
For as prolific a scorer as "The Russian Rocket" Pavel Bure was during his time in Vancouver, Daniel Sedin has now done what he’s done and then some.
Daniel passed Bure in career assists a while ago, but career goals remained elusive with Bure at 254. With four goals coming into Tuesday night, Daniel converted a Henrik pass on the power play late in the opening period to grab a share of fourth all-time in franchise goal scoring.
Now it’s only a matter of time until Daniel moves into third and within seven goals of Stan Smyl.
In terms of power play goals, the score was the 96th of Daniel’s career bringing him to within one of Trevor Linden for third all-time, 18 behind Markus Naslund’s franchise-best 114.
Naslund is also Vancouver’s leader in career goals with 346, 92 ahead of Daniel. If the Canucks sniper adds another 35 goals to his resume for an even 40 this season, we’ll be crowning him the scoring king possibly as early as late next season, should he really bulge twine.
#puntastic" - @xavbait, commenting on the Burrows goal. Very punny.
goals have been scored away from Rogers Arena, including a gift in Calgary.
Boston hockey. It’s been 138 days and I despise black and yellow more than ever.
don’t care, but it’s a segue to this useless fact: there are 17 Zac, Zach or Zack’s in the NHL.