HENRIK TIED WITH THORNTON FOR LEAGUE LEADER
Contributing to the major win Tuesday night was Henrik Sedin who scored a goal in the second period against the Blue Jackets. Henrik now has 58 points (20-38-58), tying with other league leader Joe Thornton. Henrik’s success this season has definitely contributed to the team as a whole.
“You can tell that on the ice he carries the play and he creates a lot of stuff for his line mates and obviously he’s been a great asset for us this year,” said Luongo after today’s morning practice.
Throughout the season so far, Henrik leads the team with 20 goals and is second in the League in assists with 38 behind San Jose’s Joe Thorton, who has been leading the League through the first half of the season. He currently as has 47 assists and 11 goals through 43 games.
This is the first time since Markus Naslund in February of 2004 that a Canuck has led the NHL in points. In 2004, Naslund (30-38-68) was tied with Robert Lang who also had 68 points (26-42-68).
CANUCKS VICTORIOUS OVER BLUE JACKETS
Vancouver fans witnessed a 7-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night, welcomed result compared to the 5-3 loss the Canucks suffered against the Blue Jackets on October 5.
The Canucks fought hard to come back after falling behind 2-0 to the Blue Jackets in the beginning of the first period, and tied it up halfway through the period and outplayed Columbus to make it 3-2 by the end of the opening frame.
“We would always like to get that first goal and we have to find different ways to win” said Burrows after morning practice. “We were able to tie it up at least and go up in front in the first period and score right after the next shift, get right back into it. Last night even after 2 nothing, guys on the bench said we still had a lot of time to come back, not to panic and to just keep going, work on the game plan and keep getting pucks deep.”
Burrows scored two goals in the first and one in the third earning his second career hat trick and led the team to the 7-3 lead they had in the end. Even with a three-goal lead in the third, Burrows continued to play hard and make use of every opportunity to score. Burrows now has 31 points (14-17-31) in 43 games played this season.
A lead such as the 3 goal one during the third definitely helps in terms of taking the pressure off the goal tenders, but Roberto Luongo was definitely also a big asset in Tuesday night’s victory of the Blue Jackets.
“Obviously every time I step on the ice my goal is to stop the ball,” said Luongo. “The nice thing is that there have been situations this year where guys have scored a bunch of goals and it relieves a little bit of stress and pressure that you have especially in the game.”
The win over Columbus puts the Canucks in a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks for third place in the NHL for scoring at an average of 3.19 per game.
The Canucks face the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night, and hope to keep up the same game plan that has brought the success they’ve been having recently.
“We won an important game for us last night,” said Coach Alain Vigneault after today’s practice. “We had a real good practice. We knew that we were going to face a real hard working, tough opponent last night that’s really well structured. We planned accordingly, and we’re going to try and put our best game on the ice if we expect to win that’s what we have to do.”
TEAM USA WINS THE GOLD
The world watched as team USA won 6-5 over team Canada in the WJC Tuesday night in overtime.
Team Canada scored two late in the third to tie it up, then a goal by John Carlson at 4:21 of overtime ended it and left team USA with the win.
Canucks prospect Jordan Schroeder helped his team and scored a goal during the first period against Canada. This is his second time representing team USA at the World Junior Championships scoring 11 points overall, with eight assists out of six games. He now has 27 points with 7 goals and 20 assists.
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