BUSTING THE EGG
Kyle Wellwood, facing harsh criticisms and media scrutiny as of late for his lack of production, was smiling ear to ear last night after the Canucks 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Wellwood, with just two assists in 19 games, notched his first goal of the season. An empty-netter goal, but breaking that goose egg sparks confidence, hopefully igniting Wellwood to return to the same player that scored a career-high 18 goals and 27 assists last season with the club.
"I was laughing because I missed [the first open-net],”explained Wellwood. “Then I saw how hard Kes [Ryan Kesler] and Burr [Alex Burrows] were working and I thought, ‘you know what, I may end up getting it back here so I better make sure I score’.”
"I've never seen that, a guy get a standing ovation for an open net when he busts his egg," said Tanner Glass. "Then again, I've never been booed at home for scoring either."
Glass' third goal of the season was initally credited to Wellwood.
"We looked at the replay [and Glass] said, 'I really pushed it in,’” explained Alex Burrows. “We're like, ‘They're going to change it in a couple of minutes and [the crowd’s] going to start booing and we're going to have a good laugh about it.' Sure enough, two minutes later, they announced it and you saw the reaction of the fans. It was pretty funny."
"It was good to see Kyle get that one because I wasn't going to give him mine," joked Glass. "Mine are hard to come by -- I don't have enough of them.”
SECRET TO SUCCESS
With 14 shots in his last two games, Alex Burrows, who struggled earlier this season weighed down by nagging injuries, has reunited with line mates Daniel and Henrik Sedin and is starting to find a little puck luck picking up where the trio left off.
“[I’ve] always been a firm believer that you can’t always have unlucky bounces around the net,” said Burrows. “If you keep working you’re going to start getting bounces. Last night I was able to get one so hopefully, we’ll keep putting pressure offensively and I’ll score a few more goals.”
“[Burrows] has been playing real well since Danny’s been back,” explained head coach Alain Vigneault.
“He’s been going to his strengths and going to the net, generating quite a few shots and chances. Anybody that has played with the twins has had production offensively, but the ones that seem to have a little bit more are the ones that can do two things: cycle with them and…net presence. Guys that disturb the goaltender just seem to have a little bit more success.
“[Daniel and Henrik] are such great players,” said Burrows. “They’re so smart with the puck and there easy to read and it just makes it easier for me.”
Rick Rypien, who missed Thursday night’s game with an upper body injury, was at practice this morning but remains day-to-day.
The Canucks get set to round out their five-game home stand with two back-to-back games against the struggling Edmonton Oilers Saturday night and the San Jose Sharks Sunday at GM Place.