The Goods: Canucks sens-ational
I tawt I taw a beautiful Dale Weise goal…I did, I did taw a beautiful Dale Weise goal!And if I wouldn't have seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed the fourth line forward’s incredible individual effort. Streaking down the left wing he got a step on Chris Neil and was able to cut in on Craig Anderson before burying his second goal of the season.
Weise’s goal, scored with 3:30 remaining in the third period, sealed a 4-1 Vancouver Canucks win over the Ottawa Senators and it was symbolic of the extra effort the road warriors, now riding a season-high five-game road win streak, put in Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.
The Canucks played a near perfect road game in winning their fourth straight game and ninth in the last 10 outings.
It began with an early power play goal from Alex Edler 1:10 after puck drop and a mere four seconds into the man advantage.
Ryan Kesler scored back-to-back goals, first at 8:23 of the opening frame, then 8:35 into the second, the second on the power play, to give Vancouver a commanding 3-0 lead.
The pro-Canucks crowd on hand in the Nation’s Capital loved it, but a late goal for the Senators in the second period reminded everyone just how fragile a 3-0 lead can be. The Montreal Canadiens can attest.
Vancouver didn’t take any chances in the third and Roberto Luongo was outstanding again stopping all 10 shots faced over the final 20 minutes, and 24 overall, in his fourth consecutive win. The Canucks netminder has allowed just five goals in the last four games and his domination of the Senators continues as he’s won eight consecutive
Weise’s goal was the exclamation point on a well-rounded effort by the Canucks in their second outing of a five-game road trip. Cooler heads also played a part in helping them prevail.
Nick Foligno hit Cody Hodgson late in the first period and the Canucks forward was forced from the game; he did not return and no update has been provided. Whether or not
the hit was clean is up to you, but Vancouver retaliated with Weise dropping the gloves with Foligno.
Another questionable hit in the second period, this time Foligno on Kesler, had fans calling for his head, but again, the Canucks didn’t give in. Same goes for when Chris Neil
began to get under their skin.
Vancouver made Ottawa pay while shorthanded as the Canucks went 2-for-5 on the power play; they also blanketed the Senators on their power plays stopping all four with
only three shots against.
“It’s Hockey Night in Canada so a lot of guys want to show up,” Henrik Sedin said of why the game was so feisty. “Obviously it was a good game for the fans and it was fun to
be a part of.”
Scoring early and often (this was Vancouver’s ninth consecutive game with at least three goals) helped the Canucks improve to 18-10-1 this season, good for a share of fourth place in the Western Conference.
“We scored the one on the power play there and then after that we had control of the game,” added Henrik, who had two assists and is one point shy of 700 for his luminous career.
“We’re a good team when we are in the lead and we played really good defensively tonight and we have to keep doing that.”
Next up: Columbus on Tuesday.
-@amarmirch, make a bold statement.
-@haydenm7, with an epic Simpsons reference. And they were Louing.
Hank has 30 penalty minutes in 29 games, putting him on pace for roughly 85 minutes, a new career-high.
Night in Canada this year. Vancouver plays on HNIC nine more times before season's end.