The Goods: Canucks power past Kings
The two-headed beast known as the defence of the Vancouver Canucks continues to get it done at both ends of the ice.
Defencemen Sami Salo and Aaron Rome scored and Alex Edler added an assist as the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Thursday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for their second consecutive win.
This victory not only marked the first time the Canucks have captured back-to-back road wins all season, but it was also Vancouver’s first win in the opening game of back-to-back situations in four attempts this year.
Feeding off a 5-for-6 power play effort against the Chicago Blackhawks from last Sunday, the Canucks were again stellar on the man advantage going 2-for-5. Salo opened the scoring with a power play blast 6:51 into the first period and Ebbett doubled the lead 40 seconds later, again while up a man.
A dominant effort from the Canucks in the opening frame ended with Rome’s second goal in as many games,
another howitzer, that stood as the eventual game-winner.
Another impressive offensive outing from Vancouver’s blueliners has the Canucks defence up to 38 points (12-26-38) in 16 games; Edler is tied for first overall in scoring for defencemen with 16 points (3-13-16), while Salo is 19th with 9 (4-5-9) in 13 outings.
Vancouver’s last line of defence, Roberto Luongo, who started his second consecutive game, stopped 28 shots to improve to 3-1 in November with a 2.01 goals against average and .937 save percentage.
Luongo came up big when called upon facing 27 shots over the final 40 minutes, but it’s the shots that didn’t get through that made a big difference. Vancouver’s defence
blocked a combined seven shots and made life tough for the Los Angeles forwards.
“It’s always nice to get a three-goal lead in the first period, but give those guys credit, they kept battling and in the second half they really took it to us,” said forward Andrew Ebbett.
“I thought our defence did a really great job in front of Lu, he made big saves and then they cleared out the rebounds and didn’t really give them any second chances.”
Vancouver is back on the ice in less than 24 hours hoping to make it a Californian sweep before heading home.
ROME IS ON FIYA
After Aaron Rome scored his first goal of the season in his first game of the season last Sunday, he chuckled he was on pace for 68 goals this season.
A game later and he remains on pace for 68 goals.
Rome teed up a puck late in the first period and blasted his second goal in as many games past Jonathan Quick to give him two on the year and four for his career. After going scoreless in 115 straight games, Rome is now looking to build on his first ever goal streak that, you guessed it, keeps him on pace for 68 goals.
And it was almost more. Rome beat Quick with another clapper from the blue line late in the second, but the goal was waived off due to “goalie interference” by Jannik Hansen.
I call Rome Captain Manitoba, Team 1040’s Blake Price has him pegged as the Manitoban MacInnis, but regardless of what you call him, respect the point shot because it’s currently the most lethal in the NHL. Dating back to last year, he’s now got three goals in eight regular season games.
Not only that, Rome’s blast is so powerful that the Canucks have yet to lose when he scores and have never given up more than two goals against.
Rome takes care of business at both ends of the ice.
Roberto Luongo can do no wrong in November after he could apparently, according to a few sources, do no right in October.
Luongo is now 4-1-0 in his last five starts and 7-2-1 in his previous 10 regulation starts against Los Angeles.
He insists that nothing has changed with him or his game and solid team preparation has the Canucks primed to again make it a November to remember in 2011.
“These are tough wins to get and we went in the last couple of games into tough buildings against pretty good teams and we got wins, so obviously it’s not going to be given to us on a silver platter.
“We’ve got to work for them like we did and we’ve just got to keep plucking away and keep playing the way we have in our system and the wins will come.”
A new part to Luongo’s game/face that has been overlooked and could be lending a hand to his success is his flowing Movember moustache. His stare was one of the best in the league pre-Mo, throw in a ‘stache and intimidation is the only foreseeable result.
-@carlynicole27, after Willie Mitchell inadvertently scored on own net.
like a mosh pit and to save a goal, Kevin Bieksa played backup to Roberto Luongo sprawling
behind him. Luongo then hopped on Bieksa's back to make an awkwardly amazing save.
Vancouver supporters who were outnumbered, but they outcheered the LA faithful.