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Scoring binge

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 7-3 win over Edmonton.

…The Canucks scored four goals in a span of 5:09 early in the first period to knock the wind out of the Oilers.

Goals by Christian Ehrhoff, Alex Burrows, Mason Raymond and Daniel Sedin (his first of the season) got this party started for Vancouver and Tanner Glass added a fifth goal with 17 seconds to play to put the Canucks up 5-1 after the first.

Roll over the Oilers did not as they came out hungry in the second and scored a pair of early goals, but Alex Edler netted his first of the year at the 12:08 mark to restore the three goal lead.

Mikael Samuelsson capped off an explosive offensive outing, which featured four power play goals for Vancouver, with a third period marker that gave the Canucks a 7-3 win.

Overall seven different Canucks scored and six players had two points or more, led by Alex Edler, Mason Raymond and Ryan Kesler, who combined for two goals and seven assists.

Alex Edler will be the first to tell you that he hasn’t played his best hockey so far this season, but in this win he did a lot to erase any bad memories.

Edler had a season-high three points, one goal and two assists that were all earned on the power play, and was a presence all over the ice with two shots, three blocked shots and a hit in 21:55 of ice time off a team-high 26 shifts.

Perhaps the most telling of Edler’s stats was that despite collecting three points, he was still a minus-1 overall. Edler is now minus-3 on the season, well up from is low of minus-7 a few weeks ago.

It took both Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler until the 25th game of the season to pot their first goal of the campaign, yet for Daniel this was only the seventh game he’s played.

Despite not yet truly being in a rhythm having returned from injury just three games ago, Daniel has three points since coming back, with seven on the season. He’s been a point-a-game player in the past, but with such a spastic start to his season his production is even more impressive.

The reunited top line of Daniel, Henrik and Alex Burrows has combined for four goals and six assists over the last three games.

Close, but no cigar.

With five goals in the first period, the Canucks were just one score from equaling their franchise high of six, which they’ve hit twice.

The last time Vancouver scored six goals in a period was during the first frame on January 21, 2006 in a 6-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens and coincidently enough, Alex Burrows had the second goal on that night as well.

The Canucks first accomplished the feat on January 16, 1987 in the first period of a 9-5 win over Calgary.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on Vancouver's quick start and the ensuing letdown that almost let Edmonton back in the game:

“We jumped on them pretty hard at the beginning, got a lot of pucks on their net and our power play was real good so we had a real good start. Anytime you score the number of goals that we did in the first period in this league, it’s a real good start.

“We talked about it between periods that we needed to play the game not the score and for whatever reason there we got a little bit away from it, but after we scored their two goals there, we scored to make it 6-3 and we were pretty good after that.”

The Canucks will have to sleep fast because they’re right back at it Sunday night against the visiting San Jose Sharks.

This is the fifth of nine back-to-back affairs for the Canucks and so far this season Vancouver is 3-1 in the back end of a two-game series.

San Jose’s last action came Friday night when they beat Edmonton 5-4 in overtime. The Sharks lead the NHL with 38 points.

NUMB3RS

2 – Players, Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler, who scored their first goal of the season.

3 – Goals allowed by Roberto Luongo, the most he's given up since a 3-1 loss to Detroit on Nov. 12, 09.

4 – Power play goals for the Canucks, they were 4-for-5 on the night.

10-5-0 – Vancouver's record when scoring at least one power play goal.

31 – Saves for Roberto Luongo.

21-17 – Darcy Hordichuk's Grey Cup prediction, in favour of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

QUOTABLE
“It’s going to be a good test for us, it’s time for us to start letting the league know we’re for real. What better time to do it than tomorrow night."

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Tanner Glass (on playing San Jose)

"That was a great start for us, no doubt, we scored some big goals early and pucks were finding the net. It was nice to get that big lead."

-Roberto Luongo (on the start)

"We’ve got a lot of different guys scoring and that’s huge for us. We’ve got the injured guys back and players playing where they are comfortable. "

-Henrik Sedin (on the balanced attack)

"We had all four lines, all six Ds and Lui, we all played a solid game. There were stretches where we’d like to play better, but we didn’t panic."

-Ryan Kesler (on the win)
OFFENCE

The Canucks took advantage of a slow Oilers team by hitting them with 16 shots in the first period, five of them found the back of the net.

Alex Edler and Daniel Sedin now sport a 1 in the goals column and six Canucks had at least two points, led by Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond and Alex Edler, who had three points each.

Vancouver outshot Edmonton 35-34.

DEFENCE

With the exception of a few lapses early in the second period that led to Edmonton goals, this was a solid effort on defence for the Canucks. The boys also pitched in offensively with six points.

Christian Ehrhoff continues to produce points like never before, he scored and had an assist and now has 17 points on the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

After going 0-for-5 against the Kings, the Canucks focused on their power play and it paid off with a 4-for-5 effort. The Oilers went 2-for-4.

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