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The Goods: Because they Sed so

Friday, 30.12.2011 / 1:00 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Because they Sed so
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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Vancouver fans travel well and so do the Canucks.

The Canucks were dominant on the ice and in the stands Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in the second of back-to-back games for Vancouver.

Henrik Sedin scored 1:11 into the first period and the Canucks were off to the races, backed by a 19-4 record (now 20-4) when opening the scoring. Cody Hodgson doubled the lead before intermission and the Ducks were all but cooked at 1-14-2 when their opponents score first and 0-11-1 when trailing after the first.

Stats won’t win you hockey games, but another pair of goals in the second ensured the Canucks their eighth win in the last 10 road games; first Mason Raymond finished off a beasty individual effort from Ryan Kesler for his fourth goal of the season, then Daniel Sedin scored to make it a 4-0 game.

Anaheim finally managed to find a hole in Cory Schneider’s brick wall in the third beating him twice on 11 shots, but he was masterful recording 30 saves for his eighth win of the year.

Starting the game on the right foot helped the Canucks take control early and allowed them to roll four lines throughout the night, according to Henrik Sedin.

“We knew the history with this team and we came out really focused from shift one and that showed,” said Henrik, who has at least a point in seven of his last eight games and
12 (2-10-12) over that stretch.

“I think it’s preparation, we know we have to be up for every game. That showed early on in the season when we didn’t score the first goal and that came from not being sharp enough. Right now we are really up for game and know those first 10 minutes are key for setting the pace.”

Scoring early, as in during the first five minutes of play, has also been key for the Canucks, who are now 9-1-0 when lighting the lamp before the opening frame is five-minutes
old.

Considering Vancouver was coming off a physical 3-2 overtime win over San Jose from a night prior, this effort is even more impressive.

Henrik actually gave the Sharks an invisible assist for pushing the Canucks less than 24 hours earlier.

“A lot of times when you play back-to-back, the tougher the first game is, the better you feel the second game. Three in four is not a tough thing, when it comes down to four
in six and those types of things, that’s where you feel the fatigue.”

Had the Canucks been asleep at the wheel, the thousands of Vancouver fans in the Honda Center would have let them know. As mentioned, Canucks fans travel well, so well
that this was basically a home game for Vancouver.

The players notice and appreciate every cheer.

“It seems like the last couple years down in California they are coming down to watch us and it’s fun having them in warm-up, it feels like playing at home and it’s a good
feeling.”

Your ears were not deceiving you, the chants were “Go Canucks Go,” not “Go Ducks Go.”

Hopefully those same hardcore fans are in Los Angeles as the Canucks close out their three-game road trip on New Year’s Eve against the Kings.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
Saying shutout will jinx it. It just does. Acceptable alternatives include goose egg, donut and onion.
Tweet of the night - “The Ducks are down 4-0 and their arena plays Hash Pipe by Weazer. Are they trying to make an
excuse?" -@IsleFreeThinker, a master of details, putting two-and-two together to burn the Ducks.
I double dog dare you - Kevin Bieksa won’t back down from anything, not even a dare to work the term milk hotdog
into a pre-game Sportsnet interview with Dan Murphy. In discussing the rivalry with the San Jose
Sharks, Bieksa said: “They've got a couple milk hotdogs on their team.” Bieksa wins $300,
put up by his teammates, for pulling through with the sour insult.
Gnomeo in Anaheim - Canucks fan Chris Lam took a good friend to the game in Anaheim, Aaron Gnome,
a Canucks garden gnome.
Aaron’s biggest nemesis: JaGnome Iginla, of course.