The Goods: Canucks quack back

Wednesday, 04.04.2012 / 1:45 AM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Canucks quack back
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Playoff hockey, it was not.

The Vancouver Canucks rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits and climbed out of a two-goal hole to comeback and clip the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in a shootout Tuesday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver for their seventh consecutive win.

It was a case of expect the unexpected with the flightless Ducks in town, a team on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs are concerned. The boxscore shows four Anaheim goals, but a pair of them were more because of Canucks gaffes than Ducks brilliance.

The teams traded two goals each in the first period before a pair of consecutive goals on Roberto Luongo early in the second period chased the goaltender from the net. Cory Schneider came in and the Canucks responded with goals from Alex Burrows, who had a pair on the night, and Maxim Lapierre.

In the third period and overtime the Canucks were dominant as they outshot the Ducks 16-2 tilting the ice drastically in Vancouver’s favour.

In the shootout Alex Edler, Burrows and Lapierre all scored and Schneider stopped one of two shots to help the Canucks collect another two points.

It wasn’t pretty, but the win was certainly deserved.

“Lately we’ve been keeping to our game plan and knowing goals are going to come, we don’t have to score the shift after, we have patience we’d get back to playing the way we want to and goals are going to come,” said Henrik, of his team’s second straight comeback win.

While this game had its fair share of highlights, there were plenty of lowlights for the Canucks and that’s what the player’s focused on post-game.

“We made a few mistakes defensively where they got a lot of chances in tight and we can’t blame Lu on either one of those, it’s on us players to be there for him and we didn’t
do a good job,” added Henrik.

Luongo made 11 saves in 22:51 before Schneider stopped nine shots in 27:56.

For Schneider, who does not feel the Canucks perform differently in front of him than when supported up by Luongo, this win was nothing out of the ordinary for the veteran
group.

“We’ve done that all year, we’re a hard team to blowout because even when we get down a couple of goals, we don’t quit, we keep working, and it seems like every time I’ve
had to go in this year we’ve mounted some kind of late comeback or gotten right back in the game.”

The victory keeps the Canucks in the hunt for a second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy with 50 wins and 109 points with two games remaining. The New York Rangers also won
on this night and they own the tiebreaker against Vancouver, but the Canucks distanced themselves from the St. Louis Blues by three points with the Blues holding a game
in-hand.

Vancouver’s compete level has risen since Daniel Sedin went down in Chicago two weeks ago and it isn’t only because the Canucks are picking up the slack.

They want to finish first overall. Badly.

“That’s why we’re battling,” said Burrows. “It would have been easy for us to pack it in and say we’ll bounce back and get ready for playoffs, but we’ve got a lot of character in
this room, we knew we wanted these two points and that might happen in the playoffs where we’re down by two and we’ve got to put our work boots on and go back to work.”

The Canucks are back to work Thursday night during their final road game of the regular season in Calgary.

BURROWS SCARE/KASSIAN INJURY

Two minutes of terror, thankfully all for naught.

With 12:46 to play in the second period, Alex Burrows and Devante Smith-Pelly got tangled at the Ducks blueline with the Canucks forward getting the worst of the collision.

He was on the ice for a few moments before being helped off by teammates and jetting down Vancouver’s tunnel toward the dressing room.

Not Burrows, not now.

Burrows was back in a flash and showed no ill-effects of the hit; he had already scored one goal before leaving and he added a second and another in the shootout to prove it was just a scare.

“We both collided, we didn’t really see each other and I hit the outside of my leg,” he explained. “I think I was more scared than anything else from the awkward hit. The nerve just kind of pinched and I knew I was going to be fine, it just took a few seconds and I came back to see our doctors, they always do a great job with me and I was able to go back out there.”

It was in fact Zack Kassian who suffered a second period injury and was forced from the game.

Kassian suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury and did not return to action. Coach Alain Vigneault did not delve any deeper saying he’s in secretive playoff mode and that Kassian is day-to-day, like everyone else.

THE MILLION FAMILY

When Brent and Linda King go on vacation, they go to work.

The retired couple, originally from BC and now living in Alberta, has been married for 39 years and over that time they’ve raised an enormous family that comes together like nobody's business.

Brent, 60, and Linda, 57, raised eight children, beginning in the early 1970s when they were in their early 20s. It was then they experienced the toughest hardship they’ve ever endured when their second child Steven, born with Spina bifida, died at the age of six.

The couple mourned the passing of Steven by promising to do whatever they could to honour his memory, by helping families facing similar adversity.

They stayed true to their word and have now raised more than one million dollars for Canuck Place Children's Hospice by selling 50/50 tickets at Canucks games.

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Brent and Linda, alongside daughter Traci and husband Jeremy, were honoured during Tuesday’s game as Vancouver’s Local Heroes for April.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
Do not yell out the answer to the Hat Trick Challenge on the scoreboard. The fan guessing can't hear you. I can. Or I could before I went deaf.
Tweet of the Night - "@canucksgame first words after anaesthesia today "did the canucks win the cup" my dad said "you were
out for half n hour" -@ama_liab, revealing her first words when waking up after having her widsom teeth pulled.
Salo Jr. - The mini minor player who accompanied the Canucks onto the ice pre-game was none other than
Oliver Salo, Sami Salo’s eight-year-old son. He skated then stood with his dad for anthems.
The Great One - Dear Wayne Gretzky: Sorry for following your every move like a hawk, but I needed to provide
in-sight and analysis to the awesome followers of @CanucksGame. I hope we can still be friends.
Farewell Teemu? - If the Finnish Flash retires after this season, he goes out as one of the greats. In 72 career games against the
Canucks, Teemu Selanne, the highest scoring Finnish player in NHL history, had 38 goals and 84 points.