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Canucks top Kings in shootout

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 2-1 shootout win over Los Angeles.

Mikael Samuelsson, the third Vancouver shooter and sixth overall, scored in the shootout to lift the Canucks to a 2-1 win.

After overtime solved nothing, Los Angeles sent Michal Handzus out as the first shooter; he proceeded to put his shot high and over the net. Ryan Kesler and Jack Johnson traded goals as the next two shooters before Mason Raymond and Ryan Smyth were both stopped. That set the stage for Samuelsson, who roofed a backhand shot over the blocker of Jonathan Quick.

The boxscore reads Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 1, but it would be more accurate at Samuelsson 2, LA 1 as the clutch off-season addition also scored in regulation to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period.

The number of times Mikael Samuelsson has been listed as Clutch Canuck this season is getting ridiculous.

Samuelsson has been the most consistent producer for Vancouver this season, he’s picked up at least a single point in 10 of the team’s 13 games, including two game-winning goals and now a shootout game-winner.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Swede is second in Canucks scoring with 12 points (6-6-12), four behind Henrik Sedin’s 16.

Down goes Roberto Luongo, in steps Andrew Raycroft. It wasn’t supposed to be that easy, but on this night it was as Dandy Andy stepped up and stopped 30 shots in his first win of the season - in his first start of the season. Although shootout stats don’t count, Raycroft also stopped two of three shots in the one-on-one battle to give Samuelsson the chance to play hero.

Because Raycroft has only started one game this season he doesn’t meet the minimal requirements by the NHL to have his stats count, if he did he’d be leading all netminders with a 1.03 goals against average and a .958 save percentage.

The Canucks only hit netminder Jonathan Quick with 15 shots in this contest and two come off the stick of Mikael Samuelsson. One found the back of the net, on the other Quick made a nice save.

Samuelsson’s two shots was second on the team to Ryan Kesler’s three, but more importantly they pushed his overall total this season to a team-high 50. That places Samuelsson in a tie with Sidney Crosby for fourth overall in the NHL, one behind second spot and 28 behind Alex Ovechkin in first.

Andrew Raycroft on how he felt during his first career start with the Canucks and how Vancouver handled being outshot 31-15.

“The more I play the better, the better you feel out there, the more comfortable you feel and even as the game went on tonight you feel better. Tomorrow I’ll feel a little better going into and hopefully we’ll have the same outcome.

“We did a pretty good on their shots, they were throwing a lot on net but we didn’t give up any odd man rushes.”

The Canucks finish up October with their third back-to-back set of the month. After beating LA, Vancouver zipped over to Anaheim to prepare to do battle Friday night.

Although the Ducks are currently in last place in the Pacific Division and second last in the Western Conference, let’s not underestimate their quack. Spin back to last October 31 and the Ducks overcame a three-goal second period Canucks lead to force a wild shootout in which 25 shooters took aim before Mattias Ohlund scored the game-winner.


NUMBERS

2 – Consecutive road wins for the Canucks.

6 – Hits for Tanner Glass, a team-high.

6 – Goals this season for Mikael Samuelsson; he's tied with Henrik Sedin for the team lead.

30 – Saves for Andrew Raycroft in his first start of the season.

39 – American dollars for a ticket to the Canucks/Kings game and a ticket to the Tragically Hip concert afterwards on Canadian Night at the Staples Center. Wowzers.

OFFENCE

The Canucks were lucky to score in the first period as they only threw four shots at Jonathan Quick.

Vancouver mustered eight more shots before the end of regulation and three in overtime.

Mikael Samuelsson and Ryan Kesler were Vancouver's best weapons on O.

DEFENCE

Vancouver did more than just hold Los Angeles to only a single goal, the Canucks held Kings leading scorer and the second leading scorer in the NHL, Anze Kopitar, off the scoresheet.

The Slovenian forward took 10 shots, but only two hit the net as the Canucks blocked five and missed the net three times.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Special teams played no part in Vancouver's win as the Canucks were 0-for-2, while the City of Angels went 0-for-3. 

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