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Canucks Report: Road Trip Recap

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
November 18, 2010

ROAD TRIP RECAP

By Elizabeth Moffat, Canucks.com

The Canucks return home .500 on their five game Eastern road trip with 2-2-1 record. Before the team begins a four game home stretch let’s take a moment to look back at the last two weeks of Canucks hockey:

November 9 vs the Monteal Canadiens 2-0 Loss

Despite the return of Dan Hamhuis, Carey Price shut out the Canucks, ending a six game win streak.

The Canuck’s power play, which had been at a league high 29.4% was ineffective, and the team failed to take advantage of any of their four power play opportunities. The Canadiens on the other hand, despite having the worst power play percentage in the league (6.4%), scored their fourth power-play goal of the season.

"The power play has been the difference for us the last few games," Daniel Sedin said. "Tonight, we didn't do a good enough job."

November 11 vs the Ottawa Senators 6-2 Win

The Remembrance Day win marked milestones for a number of Canucks. Head coach Alain Vigneault led the team to his 300th career win, Mario Bliznak, fresh from the Manitoba Moose scored his first NHL goal in his first game of the season, and Alex Burrows racked up his first goal and assist of the season.

Vancouver dominated from the start, after Daniel Sedin lit up the scoreboard 33 seconds into the game.

"Obviously, for 300, I'm happy about that, but I'm more happy about the two points we got tonight," coach V said after the teams third road win of the season.

November 13 vs the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 Win

The Canucks went down 2-0 in the first before coming back to deny Toronto their first win in their last eight tries.

Despite the media revving up for a match-up of epic proportions, they’ll both treat the game like any other.

"It was a little sloppy out there, but we worked hard," said Ryan Kesler, who scored twice. "We got the goals at the right time and found a way to win. That's the important thing.”

Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and Mason Raymond scored the game winner, his first in seven games on an unlikely shot that slipped right through the pads of Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"Yeah, I was (surprised it went in)," Raymond said. "There was a few actually earlier in the game when I should've taken a shot and I didn't. That one went in. I'll take it any way I can get it."

November 15 vs the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 OT Loss

After spending the previous day at Ralph Wilson Stadium watching the Buffalo Bills conqueror the Detroit Lions, Cory Schneider faced off against his idol and fellow American Ryan Miller in his first loss of the season.

The team came back from a 2-0 deficit after the first period to tie the game half way through the third.

Despite the media revving up for a match-up of epic proportions, they’ll both treat the game like any other.

In an energy packed OT that looked similar to a playoff game than a November contest, Tyler Myers scored the game winner with just 23 second left denying Cory Schneider of his first shootout game of the year.

Both Sedin twins racked up three points, putting them tied for fifth in the league with 23.

"It was a hard fought game by a couple of good teams," Alain Vigneault said. "They've been playing some great hockey lately. Anybody who saw that game would have seen that there were two great teams out there."

November 17 vs the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Loss

The Canucks had the chance to finish their road trip with an impressive 3-1-1 record, but would have to settle for a respectable 2-2-1 once Sidney Crosby and the Penguins had their say.

Keith Ballard returned to the lineup as Vancouver suffered their first loss in Pittsburgh in 10 years.

Crosby netted the first goal of the game straight out of the penalty box, and Vancouver gave up its first shorthanded goal of the season, the game winner from Maxime Talbot.

Despite the media revving up for a match-up of epic proportions, they’ll both treat the game like any other.

“For some reason I kind of saw it coming,” Luongo said, referring to Crosby’s goal. “When he was coming down on me I wasn’t exactly sure which move he was going to use and he keeps the puck right in front of him so he doesn’t give anything away and then he quick snaps it. I almost thought he was going five-hole there and that’s probably one of the hardest shots to save on a breakaway.”

Dan Hamhuis scored his second goal of the season, maintaining his goal a game average against the Penguins.

“If you want to be an average team, it’s a good road trip,” Henrik Sedin told Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun. “ But we want to be a good team, a great team. We had the chance tonight to be 3-1-1 on the road trip and our execution was way off. That’s not good.”

“We can’t be satisfied with a .500 road trip,” Line mate Daniel Sedin added. “That’s the bottom line. Last year, we started off the same way. We need to realize we’re a good team ... and playing on the road we need to be better.”

The Canucks will practice tomorrow before back to back games this weekend against playoff rivals the Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes, currently on a four game winning streak.


Author: Elizabeth Moffat

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