The Vancouver Canucks halted a two-game losing streak beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 Thursday night at Rogers Arena; the win had a little extra meaning considering it was the Oilers who snapped the Canucks six-game winning streak with a 4-0 win last Saturday.
On this night the tables turned and it was Vancouver putting an end to Edmonton's five-game winning streak and the Canucks did so with a 60-minute effort that included sensational goaltending from Cory Schneider, solid defensive play and a hungry offence, fueled by newcomer Derek Roy.
After an early power play goal from Kevin Bieksa had the Canucks ahead 1-0 through 20 minutes, Henrik Sedin doubled the lead late in the second period. Roy then made it a 3-0 game with a perfect pass to Chris Higgins early in the third and that put the game out of reach.
Schneider made 23 saves in recording his first career shutout versus the Oilers, four blanking of the season and eighth of his career; he faced 11 shots in the third period and stopped them all.
Zack Kassian put the icing no the cake beating Nikolai Khabibulin with four seconds remaining in regulation.
The Canucks host the Calgary Flames Saturday at Rogers Arena.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Canucks For Kids Telethon - thank you for your donations.
Tweet of the Night - "@canucksgame garrison's slapshot probably has more firepower than all of North Korea. #canucks" - @kid_jenius. Jason Garrison didn't score on the Canucks power play, Kevin Bieksa did that, but Garrison assisted by taking out Jeff Petry with a MONSTER clapper. We shall call him The Hitman.
Welcome Roy - That's an impressive debut if I've ever seen one. Newcomer Derek Roy, traded to Vancouver from Dallas on Tuesday, picked up an assist in his debut and was an overall dangerous threat all evening. In 17:54 of ice time, Roy had the one helper, two shots, one takeaway and won four of 10 faceoffs.
Russian Rocket returns -
Pavel Bure, aka the Russian Rocket, returned to Vancouver Thursday for various reasons, one of them being to help with the 2013 Canucks For Kids Telethon. He was shown on the jumbotron midway through the second period and received a massive standing ovation. His smile was smiling. Check out an Instagram photo by the Canucks