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.