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 6-3 win over Detroit.
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…Sami Salo rocketed a point shot through a maze of legs and past Jimmy Howard on the power play to give the Canucks a 4-2 lead and chase the Red Wings netminder in a 6-3 Vancouver victory.
The Canucks, playing the second of back-to-back games, started the game with a Ryan Kesler goal, his first of two on the night, and that dictated the pace in what was one of the more impressive wins of the season.
Alex Burrows put Vancouver up 2-1 after the first before Kyle Wellwood, Mikael Samuelsson and Salo scored in the second to give the Canucks a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Burrows’ goal, a tip off a Daniel Sedin shot, was his 28th of the season matching his career-high from a year ago. It was also his 18th goal since January 1st, second only to Sidney Crosby’s 19.
In the third Kesler scored his second of the game and Roberto Luongo remained sturdy in net stopping nine of 10 shots; Luongo, in his first appearance since guiding Canada to a golden win over USA, had 28 saves overall.
The Sedins were quiet heading into the Olympics and they didn’t make much noise during the Games, but it turns out they were just resting up for the toughest stretch of Vancouver’s season.
Daniel and Henrik came together on the second and fifth Vancouver goals and each picked up another assist as well, to finish with three aside.
For Henrik, who set a new career-mark in points at 83, the goal-drought continues as he’s without a score in nine games, but his three helpers matched a season-high he’s now hit four times.
Daniel, not so coincidentally, also hasn’t scored in nine straight, yet he has assists in four consecutive games and three also duplicated a season-high he’s hit three times.
The Canucks are 201-63-26 when both twins record at least one point in the same game.
From enemy number one, to everyone’s favourite hardworking pest, Ryan Kesler has had a busy few weeks.
Kesler, no longer sporting American colours, was in full stride against the Red Wings, in his home state of Michigan.
A fan of back-to-back games, Kesler sparked the Canucks out of the gates with his 17th goal of the season to up his current point streak to seven games, and he added some insult to injury with a third period score to put the game well out of reach.
Don’t expect any more turmoil regarding Kesler. He’s back on our side, right where he belongs.
Honorable mention to Aaron Rome for his two-assist performance.
For the fifth outing this season the Canucks passed the six goal plateau and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
This win, Vancouver’s 39th of the season, improves the team’s road record to 16-15-1 and 2-0-0 in the second half of its post-Olympic trip. Heading in, it’s safe to assume that a .500 record after this daunting six games in nine days would have been respectable, now the sky is the limit.
Scoring goals will ensure that remains the case. The Canucks are 18-5 in three-goal games. Score and win. It really is that easy.
Roberto Luongo on the play of Olympic foe Ryan Kesler:
”He’s got a little bit of fire up his bum, he played really well even last night he played really well. We’ve got a lot of good players on this team and when we play as a team we have good success.”
Henrik Sedin on Vancouver’s last two outings, both wins:
“Both yesterday and today we played good, we had a lot of jump, all four lines, and our Ds have been good, so I don’t see any rust coming off the break here.”
Thursday is a welcomed off day after back-to-back games and the added stress of Trade Deadline Day, so the Canucks will surely savour it.
The next road hurdle to jump is in Chicago Friday night.
In Vancouver’s last game in the Windy City, Mikael Samuelsson scored the game-winner late in the third period in a 3-2 Canucks win.