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The Goods: Enough Sed

Wednesday, 07.12.2011 / 1:50 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Enough Sed
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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COLORADO AVALANCHE
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In a game where so much went wrong for the Canucks, so much still went right for the Canucks.

After Daniel Sedin put the Canucks up 1-0 early in the first period, David Booth and Kevin Porter collided and the Vancouver forward was forced from the game.

Uh oh.

Booth will have an MRI Wednesday.

Three minutes into the second period with the Canucks clinging to a 1-0 lead, Roberto Luongo took a shot to the neck from Gabriel Landeskog, which sent him to the dressing room.

Double uh oh.

It was just a bruise, but Luongo felt wheezy and opted to sit out the remainder of the night.

Cory Schneider came in and the Canucks more than picked up the slack for their fallen comrades by taking a 2-0 lead off Jannik Hansen’s eighth goal of the year.

Kevin Bieksa was next to visit in the Canucks dressing room after taking an elbow from David Jones.

Seriously Hockey Gods?

Luckily Bieksa was back for the third period, minus a front tooth. Sorry ladies.

Down in bodies, yet up on the scoreboard, the Canucks refocused and took it to the Avalanche over the final 20 minutes, a glorious period that had Daniel Sedin bookend
Hansen’s second goal of the game with two goals of hiw own for his fifth career hat trick. To recap: three goals in 1:53 for the Canucks.

Alex Edler landed the final punch, a power play goal to give the Canucks a 6-0 win, their 10th victory in 13 outings; Vancouver has now gone six consecutive home games, and
13 games overall, without losing to Colorado in regulation.

The juicy stats don’t stop there.

The Canucks have shutout the Avalanche twice in two opportunities already this season marking the first time they’ve accomplished that feat. Vancouver has shutout Colorado
on eight different occasions since the Avalanche, aka Nordiques, moved from Quebec.

And now Daniel Sedin will sum up all the chaos that was Vancouver’s final home game before a five-game Eastern road trip that begins Thursday in Montreal.

“We didn’t play great, but we still had the lead and that’s what good teams do,” said Daniel. “They stay in games and then we took over.”

PAIN IN THE NECK

Gabriel Landeskog has come canon of a shot. If he had any aim behind it, the Colorado Avalanche wouldn’t have been shutout and Roberto Luongo would have finished the game.

Landeskog’s shot from just outside the hashmarks while flying down the right wing was high and wide and it caught Luongo in the neck. He went down in pain and Rogers Arena went silent.

Vancouver’s training staff tended to the tender, who eventually left the game, but Luongo returned to the bench for the third period and joked post-game, “I already told Alain I’m good to go Thursday.”

“It got me in the neck,” said Luongo. “I had trouble breathing for a few seconds there and I felt fine afterwards, just a little light headed the rest of the way.”

Maybe it was just a lack of oxygen, a reporter asked.

“That’s what I figured, not that there’s much oxygen up there to begin with,” laughed Luongo, who praised Cory Schneider’s poise in uphold the team shutout.

“Every time Cory has had to come into the game, whatever the circumstances may be, he’s always done a fantastic job. It was nice that he was able to preserve the shutout and I’m not sure how it works exactly, but we’ll take it.”

Again, no shutout for Luongo or Schneider, it’s a Canucks team shutout, the team’s first of the season.

ORESKOVICH'S WILD RIDE

Victor Oreskovich was obviously thrilled his phone rang and it was the Canucks on the other end. He was likely asleep when he got the call though.

The 25-year-old, who started the season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, suffered a concussion on October 28th against the Milwaukee Admirals forcing him to miss 10 games. He returned to the line-up just four days ago on December 2nd and there hasn’t been much rest for him since then.

Oreskovich played in Chicago last Friday (recording an assist), in Grand Rapids on Saturday, then back in Chicago Sunday (picking up another assist). He was then on a plane to Vancouver Monday, landing just in time to close his eyes long enough to re-energize in time for a game day skate Tuesday morning and his Canucks season debut later in the night.

Amazingly four games in five nights is nothing for Oreskovich, who once played nine games in 11 nights between the Rochester Americans and Florida Panthers in 2009-10.

Oreskovich played 6:17 on the night during nine shifts; he had one hit and seven penalty minutes, a holding minor and five-minute fight major for dropping the gloves with former Canucks defenceman Shane O’Brien.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
Keep your napkin high on your lap, you don't want to drop cauliflower on your favourite pants. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
Tweet of the night - “ Rock, Scissors, Paper, Laser Sword. Vancouver's in Laser Sword, obviously #laserswordbeatseverything"
-@LexieJovanovski, suggesting names for the NHL's four new conferences, should realignment be approved.
Goalies here, goalies there - Over the last three games Canucks home games, 11, yes 11 goalies, have graced
the creases at Rogers Arena. Record books aren't this precise, but this has to be a first.
Play that funky music - Call it supersition, call it a misplaced CD. The Canucks are back to their post-game celebration music
from last season, aka Dynamite by Taio Cruz and Teach Me How To Dougie by Califonia Swag District.
Hot diggity dog - During a stoppage in play the Canucks in-game crew put fans to test asking how many
hot dogs are consumed on a game night. The answer: 2,058. Now you know.