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Best of the Best: November

by Brady Trettenero / Vancouver Canucks
From 'who are these Canucks' to 'the Canucks are in first place in the NHL.' We learned a lot about Vancouver this past month. Here's the best of the best from the last 30 days.

Sedins Finish Off Senators in Overtime (11/11/14)

When the team is looking for a hero, never look past the veterans. After holding a lead on three separate occasions in a game against Ottawa, the Canucks weren’t about to let this one slip through their fingertips. With the game tied 3-3 at the end of regulation, the Canucks took to overtime against elite goaltender Craig Anderson and the Senators. With under a minute remaining in the overtime period, the Canucks went to work in the offensive zone. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis worked down low to get the puck to Henrik Sedin at the left point. The Canucks’ captain maneuvered around Sens’ forward Clarke MacArthur, before sending a beautiful cross-ice pass to his brother. Daniel, who was parked in the corner just above the goal line, too the pass from Henrik and rifled the puck past Anderson. Sedin placed the shot perfectly over an outstretched Anderson, giving the Canucks the 4-3 victory. Daniel was due, as he had put six shots on goal in the game and had been held goalless in his past six games. Sedin’s 12th career overtime goal gave the Canucks their sixth win in eight games.

Vrbata Sets Up H. Sedin with Nasty Pass (11/28/14)

The Canucks kicked off their seven-game road trip with a convincing win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday. Radim Vrbata, known for usually scoring the goals, was the one doing the playmaking on this third-period play. With the team leading Columbus 1-0 early in the third period, Vrbata took a drop pass from Daniel Sedin in the offensive zone and circled behind the Columbus net. Instead of coming around the other side, Vrbata turned around, finding an open Henrik Sedin at the other side of the goal cage. All the Canucks’ captain had to do was rifle the puck into a practically empty net, as goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had just started to realize that Vrbata never came full circle. It was Vrbata’s 18th point of the season and his fifth in his last five games. The goal put the Canucks up 2-0, as they would cruise to a 5-0 win over the Blue jackets. Now that’s how you kick off a road trip.

Miller Flashes Leather on Jackets’ Foligno (11/28/14)

Ryan Miller was outstanding in Columbus, making 31 saves for his second straight shutout. One of his best saves came in the third period off Jackets’ forward Nick Foligno. With the Canucks leading 2-0 halfway through the final period, a wide-open Foligno received the puck in the high slot and made his way down the middle. Foligno rifled a shot that was snatched up by the glove of the Canucks’ netminder, persevering Vancouver’s 2-0 lead. The save was a critical part in the win, as it kept Columbus from mounting a comeback and allowed Vancouver to go on to a 5-0 victory. It was the second straight game Miller had kept the opposition scoreless, and his fourth straight win.

Dorsett Drops the Mitts with Popcorn Flying (11/25/14)

While Derek Dorsett has been factoring in on the scoring lately, that doesn’t mean he still isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. With the Canucks leading Cory Schneider and the Devils 1-0 in the second period, the gritty winger took on Devils’ forward Seth Helgeson in a round of fisticuffs. While both players landed some solid blows, it was a popcorn shower in the background that made the fight all that much better. The tilt brought the crowd at Rogers Arena to their feet, as the Canucks would go on to 2-0 victory. Dorsett was also credited with a game-high six hits in the win, as his energy helped the Canucks to their second straight win.

Kassian Showcases His Excitement from Penalty Box (11/01/14)

Let’s just say Zack Kassian and the Edmonton Oilers have a history of not really getting along. With the Canucks’ first game of the month tied 2-2 heading in the third period, Kassian was called for a tripping penalty on Oilers’ forward Jordan Eberle. With Kassian in the box, Derek Dorsett was able to capitalize on a turnover from Ben Scrivens and put the Canucks up 3-2. Afterwards, the camera panned to Kassian in the penalty box, who was seen in a glass case of emotion celebrating the shorthanded tally. After posting a 7-3-0 record in the month of October, the Canucks started November off on the right note with a 3-2 win over the Oilers.

Horvat Gets Canucks On Board vs. Ducks (11/14/14)

Bo Horvat chose a perfect time to score his first goal in the NHL. With the Canucks trailing the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 early in the second period at Rogers Arena, the 19-year-old rookie got Vancouver on the board. Horvat started the play by making a pass to Zack Kassian in his own zone. The two forwards took off up ice, crisscrossing each other in the process. Kassian took the puck down low to the wall, while Horvat made his way to the front of the goal mouth. With the Ducks focusing on Kassian, the former Sabre was able to slip the puck to Derek Dorsett down low. Dorsett immediately dished the puck to a wide open Horvat in the slot, who buried it past Frederik Andersen for his first NHL goal. Only a few days later it was determined Horvat would be sticking with the Canucks this season. His second-period goal helped Vancouver claw back to earn a point in a 3-2 shootout loss.

Bonino Puts on the Moves to Bury His Former Team (11/09/14)

After suffering a 5-1 loss to Los Angeles the previous night, the Canucks were looking for a strong outing in Anaheim to end their California road trip on a high note. Who better to turn to than Nick Bonino, who spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Ducks, before being traded to Vancouver during the 2014 offseason. After already assisting on the game-tying goal from Alex Burrows in the second period, Bonino was the first Canucks’ player called upon when game got to the shootout. With the boo’s reigning down on Bonino at the Honda Center, the 26-year-old moved in on Ducks’ netminder Frederik Andersen. Bonino faked the shot, before going backhand to forehand and sliding the puck under the pad of the Ducks’ goaltender. After no other player was able to find twine in the skills competition, goaltender Eddie Lack denied former Canuck Ryan Kesler in the third round to seal the 2-1 victory for Vancouver. Bonino was credited with the shootout winner, as the Canucks picked up their third win in four games and finished the California road trip with a 2-1-0 record.

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