MILESTONES IN OTTAWA
By Elizabeth Moffat, Canucks.com
Unlike the rest of the country, the Canucks didn’t get a day off Thursday and neither did the Senators as they faced each other in their annual meeting at Scotiabank Place. The Canucks attended a Remembrance Day ceremony in our nation’s capital instead of the usual morning skate.
Alex Burrows, Tanner Glass, Ryan Kesler, and Daniel and Henrik Sedin all recorded two points in the 6-2 victory over Ottawa.
Alex Burrows recorded his first points since his return 22 seconds into the game with an assist to Daniel Sedin. He followed that up in the third after just 0:33 of play, when he scored another quickie and what would turn out to be the game winner. This was the 13th game winning goal of his career.
Mario Bliznak scored his first NHL goal in Ottawa. This was only the third NHL game of his career; he played two games with the Canucks last season. The 23 year-old centre played in 13 games with the Manitoba Moose this season, recording four points ( 1-3-4).
Vancouverites may remember Bliznak from his time in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants, where he played 2005-08. In his last season with the Giants, he recorded 51 points (19-32-51) in 67 games.
Head coach Alain Vigneault also achieved a career milestone in Ottawa, where he used to work as an assistant coach. The win marked his 300th NHL career win as head coach - 191 with the Canucks. This is the second most in franchise history behind Marc Crawford, who has 246 wins.
"Obviously, for 300, I'm happy about that, but I'm more happy about the two points we got tonight," Vigneault said after the game. "Our puck management in the first period was obviously questionable and they had some quality chances. I thought we got better in the second and we were obviously really good in the third period tonight, so we'll take the two points and go to Toronto and get ready for that game.”