The Goods: Canucks bounce Islanders
Four games into the year and Aaron Rome is having a season to remember.
Rome, who missed 14 games to open the season, continued his sweltering offensive play with a goal and two assists for a career-best three-point outing in leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders Sunday night at Rogers Arena.
The 28-year-old defenceman came into his third campaign with the Canucks boasting two goals and 10 assists in 131 career games. He then missed some time with a broken finger and upon his return, Rome has now inexplicably potted three goals and a pair of assists for five points to match the career-best he set last season – in 52 less games.
Things are going Rome’s way and the look of shock on his face when he scores refreshingly says it all.
“I’m just focused on shooting the puck and I’ve just been getting fortunate,” smiled Rome, trying to ignore catcalls from teammates while surrounded by reporters post-game.
“The guys give me a hard time so I’ve got to give it back to them a bit. It’s fun, it’s fun both ways.”
Things are always fun when you’re winning and the Canucks follow up their three-goal-near-comeback-third-period versus the Anaheim Ducks last Friday with a sound 60
Vancouver scored first, outshot New York 36-24, drew three penalties and went 1-for-3 on the power play, 14 Canucks had at least one shot, seven had at least a point and
Roberto Luongo was stellar stopping 23 shots for his 200th win in a Vancouver sweater. Henrik Sedin, Cody Hodgson and David Booth had the other Canucks goals.
It was that kind of night for the Canucks and Rome’s performance was the icing on the cake.
“You get the puck to Romer and you go to the net, then you can almost start skating to the bench because you know it’s going in with him,” said Hodgson, tongue-in-cheek.
“The thing with him is,” Kevin Bieksa added, in all seriousness, “when you see him do well you’re really happy for him, genuinely, because he’s a great teammate and he’s had some tough luck in the past with the suspension and all that. He’s a great team guy and we have a lot of fun when he does well.”
Rome is now fifth in scoring for Canucks defence (3-2-5), one point back of Bieksa.
Heads up Juice, Captain Manitoba coming through.
AVOIDING THE SIN BIN
It’s not often that discipline is the name of the game, but for the Canucks, it paid off against the Islanders.
Vancouver did not record a penalty for the first time since February 15, 2009 against the Montreal Canadiens; overall this game was far from scrappy with the Islanders only taking three minors.
The Canucks had been shorthanded 74 in 17 games coming into the night, the 11th lowest amount in the NHL, an average of 4.3 penalties a game. They’ve gotten themselves into penalty trouble with parades to the sin bin at times this year, but all is forgiven with angelic performances like this.
No one benefited from the lack of shorthanded action more than Roberto Luongo.
“Guys were disciplined tonight, they were moving their feet keeping their sticks on the ice and we had the puck most of the night so that’s always good for us and it makes the other team haul us down and take penalties,” said Luongo, who is 3-1-0 in his last four starts.
Kevin Bieksa, he of a team-high 28 penalty minutes, said he felt pretty disciplined, although he didn’t realize how good the Canucks had been.
“We had some shifts there at the end where they were obviously in our zone and they pressed, but earlier we were making some good, clean breakouts, not spending a whole lot of time in our end and they took a couple because they couldn’t keep up with our forwards and it was a good game.”
A VOICE BEYOND HIS YEARS
When anyone but Mark Donnelly or Richard Loney steps onto the ice and into the spotlight to sing the national anthems before puck drop at Rogers Arena, fans are skeptical.
When the singer is a 12-year-old, eyebrows raise even higher.
It took Cole Armour all of 30 seconds to unfurl those brows and have fans in awe of his mesmerizing voice Sunday night. Before the American anthem was over, fans gave him a standing ovation.
Armour barely got through the Canadian anthem that followed as fans saluted being treated to a concert before a hockey game.
The 12-year-old Langley product, who made a name for himself singing Eric Carmen’s ‘All by Myself’ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month, has a bright future ahead of himself, one sure to be filled with Justin Bieber comparisons.
They can both unleash a voice beyond their years so the comparisons are justified.
Armour will be headlining the Kids Helping Kids 1st Annual Benefit in support of the David Foster Foundation at the Red Robinson Theatre on November 18th, 2011. For more information visit colearmour.com.
-@Cohen_Hickerty, telling it like it is.
- @Dylmario, commenting on Rome's prowess with the puck.
-Kevin Bieksa on his three broken sticks versus the Islanders.
And Ryan Kesler would get it for his 4 S, 3 A/B, 2 MS, 1 HT, 1 GV, 1 TK, 2 BS, 5 FOW and 6 FOL performance vs. NY.