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by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

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 3-0 win over Colorado.

…Tanner Glass scored his first goal as a Canuck midway through the third period.

The Canucks got goals from Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler to lead 2-0 through 40 minutes of play, but everyone in GM Place was anxious for an insurance marker with Vancouver having just blown a 2-0 lead Friday night in a 7-2 loss in Anaheim.

Glass was more than happy to provide the score. He broke into the Colorado zone with a burst of speed and despite having Kyle Wellwood along on a 2-on-1 against Scott Hannan, it was evident he was thinking shot all the way. Craig Anderson made the initial save on the wrister, but the rebound hit the skate of Hannan and deflected into the empty cage.

It’s been a tale of two Andrew Raycrofts so far as the Canucks netminder, who made his third straight start in place of Roberto Luongo, was fantastic on this night, just forty-eight hours after giving up four goals on 22 shots to the Ducks. A night earlier Raycroft handed out saves as candy in a 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Raycroft is now 2-1-0 after a stellar 18-save performance against the Northwest Division leading Avalanche; the shutout was his first since November 9, 2007, as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs when he turned aside 30 shots in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

The former Colorado puck stopper now has seven career shutouts.

For the second time in as many games two Canucks stepped to the forefront to earn this honour and for the second time in as many games Mason Raymond happens to be one of them.

Raymond scored the first goal of the contest, which stood as his second game-winner of the season, and he added the second assist to Vancouver’s second goal, scored by Ryan Kesler, this game’s other Unsung Hero.

After going pointless on Vancouver’s West Coast swing, Kesler was back on the scoresheet with a goal and an assist on this night, he is now only three points behind Henrik Sedin in team scoring.

Both Raymond and Kesler were a plus-2 against the Avalanche.

Alex Edler just hasn’t been himself this season and his team-worst minus-8 rating coming into the Colorado game was proof of that.

The Swedish defenceman, who is still looking for his first goal of the season, played more like the Edler Canucks fans are accustomed to as he assisted on the Raymond goal and finished the game with a plus-2 rating.

Edler is one of 13 Canucks still in the minus this season.

Goaltender Andrew Raycroft on the win, his second of the season, and the shutout, the seventh of his career:

”That was a big win for us, we didn’t play our best the other night and three in four nights and travel and everything else, to come in and play well tonight at home against the best team in the league, we shut them down so it’s good.

”I felt good the other night I just kind of lost focus on a couple but tonight I stayed focused all night. We killed that 5-on-3 in the first and that was most of the offensive chances that they had all night; we shut them down pretty good.”

Say what you want about how the Canucks have started the season, but in beating Colorado, Vancouver improved to 8-7-0 this year, good for second place in the Northwest Division behind the Avalanche.

Calgary and Edmonton both have games in hand on Vancouver, true, yet the fact that the Canucks are keeping their heads above water with player after player getting bitten by the injury bug is impressive.

The Canucks will practice on Monday to prepare for the New York Rangers, who visit GM Place on Tuesday.

It’s okay if the thought of the Rangers still makes you shudder, the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals may be long gone, but that 3-2 loss in Game 7 still stings. I will forever hold a grudge towards the Rangers organization and I don’t blame you if you do as well.


1 – Goal by Tanner Glass, his first with the Canucks and second career NHL marker.

2 – Points apiece for Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler.

3 – Wins this season for the Canucks against teams from the Northwest Division (3-4-0).

5 – Wins this year when not allowing a power play goal against (5-1-0).

18 – Saves by Andrew Raycroft in his seventh career shutout.

"When we had the puck we tried to get in front of him and make his job hard tonight. He’s human back there and we got to him early on."

Ryan Kesler

"I actually thought about putting it over to [Wellwood], but we haven’t been scoring a lot of goals and myself personally so it was nice to get that."

-Tanner Glass

"I thought our guys battled hard at both ends of the rink; there wasn’t a lot of room. We were able to capitalize on a few of our chances 5-on-5 and did what we needed to do to win this game."

-Alain Vigneault

The Canucks only hit Avalanche netminder Andrew Raycroft with 20 shots, but they made them count.

Vancouver led 2-0 after throwing just eight shots on goal. The key factor in this win was that the Canucks managed the all-important third goal that sealed this win for the home team.

Steve Bernier had a team-high three shots.


Andrew Raycroft gets the most praise for this shutout, but the defence deserves its fair share. The Canucks held the Avalanche to only 18 shots and maybe a handful of those were dangerous.

Alex Edler was visible on this night for all the right reasons as he picked up an assist and was a plus-2.


Both teams put up donuts on the power play with the Canucks going 0-for-4 and the Avs finishing 0-for-2.

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