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 4-3 shootout loss in Phoenix.
…former Canucks defenceman Adrian Aucoin beat Andrew Raycroft in the sixth round of a shootout and Mason Raymond failed to reply as the Coyotes edged the Canucks 4-3.
The 14th and final road game on this gargantuan trek began like the 13 before it (or so it seemed) with Vancouver giving up the first goal. Henrik Sedin ensured the deficit was short-lived as he scored with 46 seconds remaining in the opening period.
The Canucks took a 2-1 lead just 36 ticks into the middle frame thanks to Mikael Samuelsson’s fourth goal in two games, but the Coyotes howled back to lock the game at 2-2 after two.
What would a Canucks road game be without a third period mountain to climb; the Yotes took a 3-2 lead 35 seconds after puck drop in the third.
Did Vancouver panic? No. Is that ever an option? No.
Less than a minute after falling behind, Christian Ehrhoff evened the score again and that’s how the game stood as the Canucks extended the longest road trip ever by going to overtime and eventually a shootout.
Four of Phoenix’s six shooters found the back of the net, while only Kyle Wellwood, Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler came through for the Canucks.
The single point moves Vancouver five above Colorado for first in the Northwest Division as the Canucks finish life on the road at 8-5-1.
Henrik Sedin was in a giving mood Wednesday as he and brother Daniel donated $1.5 million to BC Children’s Hospital before the game and during it he assisted on Mikael Samuelsson’s goal after scoring one of his own.
Silenced offensively in five of eight games during the first tour of duty on this road trip, Henrik tore it up post-Olympics with points in four of six games, 10 points overall to be exact.
Saturday night GM Place will be rocking when the Canucks return home and those fortunate enough to be in attendance will likely witness Hank tying and possibly breaking Vancouver’s franchise assist record of 415, held by Trevor Linden. Henrik is one back at 414.
Alex Ovechkin also had two points on the night meaning Henrik is still four back of the NHL league lead.
Consistency is what you are looking for when making Jello pudding and when playing in the NHL.
Mikael Samuelsson and Ryan Kesler currently have a lot of it.
Samuelsson recorded Vancouver’s second goal, a great individual effort that saw him steal the puck from Ed Jovanovski before tucking it past Ilya Bryzgalov at the side of the net, for his seventh goal in five games.
Even before being bumped up to the top line Samuelsson was producing as he finished the road trip with goals in eight of the 14 games and points in all but five contests.
Ryan Kesler had the second helper on Christian Ehrhoff’s goal to give him 43 on the season and 61 points; 13 points have come in the last 11 consecutive games. Kesler was held off the scoresheet only once all road trip, February 4th in Ottawa.
Kesler is four games from matching Vancouver’s consecutive points streak record of 15 games held by Todd Bertuzzi and Petr Nedved.
In winning eight times and adding a single point against the Coyotes, the Canucks collected 17 of 28 possible points on the NHL's longest road trip to date.
Early on when Vancouver was sitting at 1-2-0 or 2-3-0, points in nine of 14 games seemed laughable. Now the only joke is on any team hoping to catch the Canucks and slow their momentum heading into five straight home games and 10 of 15 at GM Place to close out the season.
At 23-7-1, the Canucks have the fourth best home record in the Western Conference and sixth best in the NHL.
The last game played at GM Place was the gold medal finale between Canada and the United States, a result I’m proud to say went to the Canadians in overtime.
That game was wild and the party will pick up right where it left off when the Canucks finally return home for their first contest in Vancouver since January 27.
Vancouver hosts Ottawa Saturday night before Calgary spirals into town Sunday in the first two of five straight home games for the Canucks.