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Hank trick

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 8-2 win over Colorado.

…Steve Bernier scored his fifth goal of the season off a quick shot in front of the Colorado goal 11:17 into the third period.

Bernier’s goal, which was set up by a heads up pass out front from Ryan Johnson, came 25 seconds after Matt Hendricks cut Vancouver’s once commanding 4-0 lead to 4-2; the score snuffed out any comeback attempt Colorado had in mind.

A quick start to Vancouver’s fifth and final game on a 10-day road trip had the Canucks up 1-0 less than two minutes into the first period thanks to Henrik Sedin. Hank had the Canucks up 2-0 in a flash before Jannik Hansen netted his first of the season.

The Canucks led 3-0 after the first and 4-0 after forty minutes of play, but the Avalanche fought back early in the third with two goals before the flood gates opened for Vancouver. Bernier had two goals, Tanner Glass had a single and Henrik completed the hat trick in Vancouver’s best offensive performance of the season.

Vancouver needed two things on this night: goals and quick start.

Henrik Sedin was happy to provide both.

Hank scored his 10th goal of the season just 1:57 after puck drop, he then put the Canucks up 2-0 five minutes later. The Canucks assistant captain took his foot off the gas offensively until late in the third frame when he converted a perfect one-timer from Alex Edler to record his first career Hank trick. Sorry, hat trick.

Normally a think-pass-first type player, Henrik has proven he can light the lamp in the absence of brother Daniel. In 17 games without Daniel, Hank has nine goals and 17 points.

FYI - Vancouver’s last hat trick came on November 21, 2007 when Markus Naslund beat Josh Harding three times in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

The Canucks displayed such majestic firepower against the Avalanche that Roberto Luongo’s 32-save effort, one of his best of the season, could be easily overlooked.

It shouldn’t be. Luongo has been in fine form since returning from a rib injury against St. Louis and versus Colorado he was here, there and everywhere. His best stops on the night were a pair he strung together midway through the third period just before the Avalanche finally scored on the power play.

The first save was of the mind-blowing glove variety as Luongo somehow found the puck through a bushel of players to stop a sure goal from the point.

The second was a perfectly timed skid across the crease where he got his left pad over just in time to rob Darcy Tucker on a one-timer at the side of the goal.

Wawaweewa!

Thirteen Canucks recorded at least a single point in Vancouver’s finest offensive showing of the season, with eight players collecting two or more. Henrik Sedin led the way with his first career hat trick, followed by Mason Raymond and Ryan Johnson who had three assists each.

Vancouver finished with a rating of plus-30 overall, fifteen different Canucks found themselves with a plus-1 or better. Jannik Hansen, Christian Ehrhoff and Ryan Johnson were all plus-3.

Mathieu Schneider, the first defenceman to find the back of the net for the Canucks in eight games, on his second goal of the season and how traffic in front of the goal made all the difference:

“We’ve been getting an awful lot of shots and getting a lot of shots through, our guys have been doing a great job getting more and more traffic at the net, which is something we’re talking about everyday. Nine out of 10 shots you’re not going to beat guys clean in this league, you’ve got to get screens and you’ve got to get traffic and there was certainly traffic there.”

After a hectic five-game, 10-day road trip, the Canucks return home for a five-game stand. Hectic can’t be used in reference to this stint though, as Vancouver has five days off before finishing off this home-and-home with Colorado next Friday.

The Canucks sport an impressive 7-2-0 record at GM Place this season, they’re one of only five teams to have hit the seven win mark on home ice thus far.

NUMBERS

1 – Goal scored by Jannik Hansen, his first of the season.

3 – Goals for Henrik Sedin for his first career hat trick.

3 – Assists each for Ryan Johnson and Mason Raymond.

13 – Canucks recorded at least a single point.

15 – Canucks had a plus-1 rating or better.

32 – Saves for Roberto Luongo in his first win since October 25 in a 2-0 shutout over Edmonton.

OFFENCE

Talk about a slump buster. After scoring only three goals in the last three games, Vancouver pumped Colorado for eight scores and chased Craig Anderson from the net after the second period.

Henrik Sedin got the game's first star for his hat trick effort, but credit goes to the supporting cast, especially the likes of Ryan Johnson, Steve Bernier, Matt Pettinger and Tanner Glass, who all had their moments in this game.

DEFENCE

Offence from the defence was needed to help the Canucks end their three-game skid and the back end combined for four points, including a Mathieu Schneider goal, his second of the season and the first from a blueliner since October 27.

Roberto Luongo was stellar in goal making 32 stops in his seventh win of the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Both teams scored once on the power play; Vancouver went 1-for-6, Colorado was 1-for-5.

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