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The Goods: Canucks clip Wings

Wednesday, 12.21.2011 / 10:45 PM PT / Features
By Derek Jory
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From clean to feisty in the blink of an eye.

For the first 40 minutes of play in Vancouver’s 4-2 win over Detroit Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks and Red Wings combined for just one penalty. With the exception of a hooking minor assessed to Kevin Bieksa, it was penalty-free, scrum-free, skilled hockey at its best.

I’m not sure what was said during the second intermission, but both Vancouver and Detroit played the third period like a trip to the Stanley Cup Final was on the line.

The emotion began when Niklas Kronwall delivered a questionable hit on Ryan Kesler 3:15 into the final frame. After picking himself up, Kesler charged at Kronwall wanting to drop the mitts. The referees split them up, yet, somehow, Kesler ended up with a roughing penalty.

Karma was kind to the Canucks as Alex Edler scored his first career shorthanded goal on the ensuing penalty kill to give the Canucks a 4-2 lead; the goal was set up by Jannik
Hansen as he was pushed into Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard after steaming in on a partial breakaway.

Howard then charged at Hansen while the Canucks were trying to celebrate the goal.

Not long after Bieksa rocked Valtteri Filppula and that also turned a few heads on the ice.

The emotional battle was eventually won by the Canucks, who extended their season-high home winning streak to four games and have gone four straight meetings with the Red
Wings without a regulation loss (2-0-2) in Vancouver.

Going into the night 14 of the past 20 games between these Western Conference foes had been decided by a single goal and Roberto Luongo was the main reason the Canucks held on to a two-goal cushion.

Luongo’s play in the third period was nothing short of breathtaking. Saves on Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm were vintage Luongo and he was rewarded with a showering of
LUUs from the sell-out crowd.

Luongo finished with 38 saves, including 16 in a frantic third period.

“That was expected, they’ve got a lot of skill and they’ve been there before,” said Luongo of the late Detroit push. “They were throwing everything at the net and guys were
doing a good job tying up sticks and making sure they didn’t have too many whacks at it.”

Over his last eight games Luongo is 7-0-1, and in his past three against Detroit, he’s given up just four goals.

“It was a great game, they always make for some exciting games against these guys and they’re fun to play in and they shoot a lot, so that’s the way I like it.”


Butterflies are more associated with young ballerinas than hockey players, but Andrew Ebbett was man enough to admit post-game that butterflies were fluttering in his stomach pre-game.

Ebbett slotted into the Canucks line-up for the first time since fracturing his foot against the Los Angeles Kings on November 10th. The fourth-line forward played between Maxim Lapierre and Dale Weise collecting three shots and a hit in 8:49 of ice time.

As always, the first few shifts were the hardest.

“It was a lot of fun finally getting back with the guys,” said Ebbett, who missed 15 games. “In the first couple of shifts you get the nerves out and get a couple of bumps, but I thought I played pretty good in the second half there. Now I just have to get better each game.”

Nothing like being thrown into the fire against the Detroit Red Wings in your return to the line-up.

“That was a lot of fun, it was almost a track meet there in the first two periods, a lot of up and down and classic Red Wings kind of hockey, so it was good to get my feet wet.”


The Vancouver Canucks play soccer to get loose pre-game, they have since Marc Crawford was head coach back in the day.

Until tonight, it had never translated into more the ice than some leg juggling with the puck.

When a puck was sent high up into the air by Henrik Sedin late in the second period, Daniel Sedin lined himself up perfectly and head butted it down the ice.

At first glance it looked as though Daniel was simply hit on the helmet by the puck, but the replay confirmed he did it on purpose.

He smiled post-game and said he was definitely trying out something new.

“I figured Hank might go down the wall there and I thought I could get it to him, but it didn’t work out,” laughed Daniel.

“I miscalculated Hank’s flip of the puck there. Next time.”

This temporarily answers the question what will the Sedins think of next.

If you try to organize a Secret Santa gift exchange, but everyone in the press box says no, don't gift yourself. It looks sad. Ho ho no.
Tweet of the night - “There should be a drinking game for whenever TSN refers to Lidstrom as "ageless". #Canucks"
-@celticfire99, with an idea to make millions.
What the tweet? - “The @VanCanucks may have had @michaelbuble but the @MapleLeafs got @justinbieber
to skate with them." -@NHL; sorry, but Buble > Bieber, plain and simple.
Scoring streak ends - Vancouver failed to score in the 2nd period, marking the first time in
eight periods they didn't find the back of the net.
Celebs in the stands - Canucks vs. Red Wings drew a mixed bag of celebrities, including Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, actor
Torrance Coombs, golfer Adam Hadwin and musician Dan Mangan, who played two songs during the 2nd intermission.