You want to know what happened in the Canucks game and you want to know now. We get it. Here’s the bare bones recap of Vancouver’s 2-1 win over Minnesota.
Mikael Samuelsson played garbage man and cleaned up a loose puck outside the Minnesota goal with a snap shot that gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead.
Samuelsson’s team-leading fourth goal of the season came at the 3:49 mark of the third period after Alex Burrows collected the puck in front of the Wild net, but lost it before he could make a move. The puck squirted to Samuelsson, who is now on a five game point streak, and he wristed it past the outstretched arms of a diving Niklas Backstrom.
Vancouver’s second line needed a catalyst to get things going offensively and Ryan Kesler filled that role against Minnesota.
The rugged centreman slotted in between Mason Raymond and Michael Grabner and he elevated the play of both in the Minnesota zone using his speed and aggression.
Kesler filled the back of the goal 4:23 into the second period to even the game up at 1-1 on an ugly goal where he simply got the puck on net and it found its way through Backstrom.
From everyone’s whipping boy to the unsung hero, it’s been a wacky 24 hours for Roberto Luongo.
The night didn’t start well for Luongo as he was beat on just the second Minnesota shot on goal via a weird deflection courtesy of Kyle Wellwood, but he recovered stopping the next 16 shots for his third win of the season.
Luongo came up especially huge in the dying minutes of the third period with the Wild on the power play pressing for the equalizer. Brent Burns will be having nightmares for a night or two after being stoned from point-blank range with 1:36 left in the game.
The trio of Raymond, Kesler and Grabner combined for a whopping 17 shots, 43 per cent of Vancouver’s total output of 39.
Kesler led the charge testing Backstrom eight times, while Raymond had six shots and Grabner, who was noticeably better in his second game since being recalled, chipped in two three. Don’t expect this line to be broken up anytime soon.
Luongo on Vancouver’s 2-1 win over Minnesota:
“This was by far our best game of the year. We set a tempo right off the hop and we sustained it for 60 minutes. This is the effort we need on a nightly basis, we’re not going to win every game but if we like we did tonight we’ll win most of them. “
Vancouver outshot Minnesota 39-18 on the night marking the sixth time in seven games the Canucks have gotten more pucks on net than their opposition.
Samuelsson leads the Canucks in shots with 33, Burrows and Raymond aren’t far back with 28 and 23 each, while Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler round out the top five at 19 and 17.
Ryan Johnson, Darcy Hordichuk and Alex Bolduc are the only players on Vancouver’s active roster without a shot on goal this season.
After back-to-back games the Canucks have a welcomed day off on Sunday before traveling to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Monday.
The Canucks remain on the road following a stop in Alberta as they head to Chicago to play the Blackhawks Wednesday night.
Vancouver then returns home and will face their hated cross-country rivals, the winless Toronto Maple Leafs, next Saturday.