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The Goods: Canucks come up short

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 3-2 loss to Nashville.

…Shea Weber ripped a one-timer past Roberto Luongo on the power play with 4:03 remaining in the third period to give Nashville a 3-2 win.

Just 36 seconds into the game the Canucks gave up a shorthanded goal to Joel Ward and that set the tone for a game in which Vancouver struggled throughout on special teams.

Alex Burrows tied the game up late in the frame off an x-ray pass from Daniel Sedin, but Vancouver’s penalty kill was next to let the team down when Ryan Jones tipped a David Legwand shot through Luongo giving Nashville a 2-1 lead.

Burrows evened the game up again, this time on the power play, 1:30 into the second, and all of the sudden it was game on. The Burrows hat trick watch also resumed.

A third goal and third hat trick in four games wasn’t in the cards for Burrows over the final 20 minutes, whereas some questionable officiating was. The Canucks served four minors in the third, including calls against Burrows and Henrik Sedin 18 seconds apart with less than five minutes to play to give the Predators a 4-on-3 power play.

Weber’s goal came on that man advantage and the Canucks were unable to rally in the dying minutes.

The NHL’s First Star of the Week proved his worth against the Predators with a pair of goals, but this game won’t be remembered for his 18th and 19th goals of the campaign.

Burrows will lead headlines on Tuesday for his startling comments following the game regarding the referring of Stephane Auger, who he accused of having a personal vendetta against him.

Regardless of the officiating, Burrows continues to thrive on the Sedin line as almost any shot he throws at the opposition goes in. He’s now riding a six game point streak with nine goals and two assists over that stretch.

Daniel and Henrik both assisted on the first goal and Daniel added another on the second to extend the point streaks of both twins. Henrik now has five goals and 14 assists in his last 10 games, while Daniel has scored three times and picked up eight helpers in six games.

Mason Raymond did everything but score on this night.

The speedster displayed outrageous puck handling skills to match his otherworldly speed; he generated more offensive chances for the Canucks, some starting from his own end, than can be counted on one hand.

Although Raymond didn’t pick up any points for the fifth time in seven games, he had a team-high six shots, his second highest output of the season, in 21:09 of ice time.

Through 46 games, Raymond has a career-high 17 goals and 31 points.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t comment on what he thought of the referring in Vancouver’s second consecutive loss, he insisted that everyone look at the facts and make their own conclusions.

Alex Burrows being assessed a season-high 16 penalty minutes is a red flag if ever there was one.

Burrows was dealt a diving call 3:26 into the third period, then an interference call at the 15:15 mark before receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct and 10-minute misconduct with four seconds to play.

A fired up Alex Burrows on the questionable officiating of Stephane Auger, which allegedly dates back to a contest in Nashville from earlier this year:

”It started in warm-up, before the anthem, the ref came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit. He said he was going to get me back tonight and in the third he got me on a diving call I didn’t think was diving, got me on an interference call and I have no idea how he could call that, it changed the game.

”It sucks right now for teammates that are battling hard for 60 minutes to win the hockey game because every two points are so huge and so important and because of a guy’s ego it just blows everything out of proportion and the refs are making bad calls. The fans are paying for it and we’re paying for it.

“I feel like some refs are coming into the building and doing a great job officiating every game, some other refs, like Auger tonight, he’s taking it personal, he comes into the game and he knows he’s going to make a call against me to give Nashville an advantage and I don’t think that’s fair for my teammates or the fans.”

The Canucks hit the road for a quick one and done in Minnesota on Wednesday before returning to GM Place for two days off prior to the arrival of Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

With a win in Minnesota, Vancouver would improve its road record to 10-10-1 to become the 18th team in the NHL at or above the .500 mark away from home.

NUMB3RS

2 – Goals against the Predators for Alex Burrows.

9
– Goals in five games for Burrows.

16 – Penalty minutes assessed to Burrows.

22 – Saves for Roberto Luongo.

499
– Career points for Daniel Sedin.

QUOTABLE
“I’m not the type of guy to make excuses, that’s not who I am, but I’ve never seen anything like it in my whole career. "

-Roberto Luongo (on the officiating)


"You’ve got to talk to him, that’s between him and the ref. Like I said, they made a few calls that I think you can take and they made a couple that were not good calls."
-Henrik Sedin (on the officiating)

"I’ll let you guys draw your own conclusions to that. You saw the last two games, you saw the standards from both those games and how they were refereed."
-Alain Vigneault
(on the officiating)
OFFENCE

Not even another two goals for Alex Burrows, some rousing play from the Sedins and an inspired game from Mason Raymond were enough to push Vancouver over the top.

Vancouver was outshot by Nashville 32-25.

DEFENCE

The blueline had Sami Salo back after missing last game with an eye injury, but it made little difference. The Canucks allowed the Predators too many scoring chances from in close and they capitalized on a pair of them.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Canucks were 1-for-4 on the power play with two shots, while the Predators finished 2-for-8 with five shots. Nashville also scored a shorthanded goal.

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