Game 34: Easy does it
With their big showdown against Boston looming, the Canucks prepared by rolling to a convincing 4-0 win over the Western Conference cellar-dwelling visitors from Edmonton.
Daniel Sedin, Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dale Weise all found the back of the net for the Canucks, who extended their season-high win streak to six games and improved to a perfect 4-0-0 on their five-game home stand which wraps up tomorrow night against the Bruins.
While fans and media may have been taking Friday night's tilt against the woeful Oilers lightly, the Canucks certainly didn't bring that same attitude into the game. They came out of the gate ready to compete after a three-day break out-shooting the Oilers 14-4 in the opening frame despite not managing to get on the scoreboard.
They would finally break the goose egg in the second period when Daniel Sedin tallied on a 4-on-3 power play just shy of the midway mark of the frame.
Kassian and Higgins would tally their respective markers within four minutes of one another in the early stages of the third period to put the game out of reach while Weise would add a late goal with just 35 seconds left in regulation on a power play to round out the scoring.
The freakiest part about this Friday the 13th was the fact the Oilers stuck around for as long as they did in this game – something they wouldn't have been able to do without a solid performance by their netminder, Devan Dubnyk, who bounced back from being pulled yesterday in Edmonton's loss to Boston with a 36-save effort in the defeat.
Roberto Luongo, meanwhile, finally earned that elusive third shutout of the season – 65th of his NHL career – by turning aside all 19 shots he faced.
The Canucks will look to sweep their five-game home stand tomorrow night.
THRICE AS NICE: It was fitting that Jason Garrison was named the Third Star on Friday night. He finished the night with three assists which marked his first-career three-point game. Coming into tonight's tilt, Garrison had recorded 10 two-point games in his career including four this season.
CHASING NAZZY: Daniel Sedin's power play marker was the 110th power play goal of his NHL career. He moves just four power play goals shy of tying Markus Naslund for the franchise's all-time record at 114. The power play goal was his fourth of the season, which is one more than he managed during last year's lockout-shortened season.
NOTES AND NUMBERS: Vancouver improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven home games against Edmonton... The win on Friday was the 1,400th in Canucks' franchise history counting regular season games... Zack Kassian's goal was his first goal and point in nine games played. He hadn't scored since November 22 against Columbus... Chris Higgins extended his point streak to four games (2-4-6), one shy of equaling a career-high... Yannick Weber notched his first point as a Canuck with his assist on Dale Weise's late power play goal... Tom Sestito missed his second straight game with an undisclosed injury... The Canucks scored multiple power play goals in the same game for the first time this season... The Canucks improved to 7-8 all-time when playing on Friday the 13th (8-9 if you count playoff games).