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The Goods: Canucks hold off Wild

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 4-3 win over Minnesota.

…The Canucks withstood 1:24 of 6-on-5 pressure from the Wild to end the third period and walk away with a 4-3 win, their second straight on home ice.

For the second time in as many games Vancouver took advantage of an opponent playing the second of back-to-back games with an early first period goal, and once again it was Daniel Sedin collecting the score. He demonstrated the precision of a surgeon on the power play by putting the puck up and over Josh Harding’s left shoulder.

The Canucks scored another power play marker less than five minutes later, this time courtesy of Mason Raymond, and this game looked to be a wash. Shane Hnidy had other plans as he cut the lead to 2-1 before Alex Burrows and Greg Zanon exchanged goals to put the Canucks ahead 3-2 after 20 minutes of play.

That’s as close the red-hot Wild, who were 8-1-1 in their last 10 games coming in, would get as although the team’s once again swapped goals in the third frame, the Canucks hung on to collect two more points. Vancouver has earned 24 of a possible 32 points at GM Place this season.

Roberto Luongo made 38 saves between the pipes for Vancouver.

Henrik Sedin: the gifted player that keeps on giving.

Since Daniel Sedin returned to the Canucks line-up, Henrik has picked up at least two points in eight of 10 games, including three helpers against the Wild. Hank has now gone six straight games with two assists or more, giving him 13 in that time.

Versus Minnesota Henrik picked up career points 499, 500 and 501, and as far as assists are concerned, he now sits with 378 helpers leaving him only 37 back of tying Trevor Linden’s Canucks record of 415.

Henrik has moved up to second in NHL scoring, he’s tied with Marion Gaborik with 41 points, three back of league leader Joe Thornton.

Mason Raymond: the up-and-comer that keeps on impressing.

Raymond continues to thrive in his third season with the Canucks; he’s scored in two straight games, including a power play goal against the Wild where he was Johnny on the spot becoming the recipient of some timely passing by Henrik Sedin.

The score was May Ray’s 11th of the season, which ties his career-high from last season. He’s got 18 points to sit fifth in team scoring and is a lock to top his career mark of 23 points this year.

The Good: The Canucks were dominant on the power play going 3-for-5 to improve their record when scoring at least once on the man advantage to 11-6-0.

Vancouver was 1-for-18 on the power play in its previous six games, so this outburst was clearly a welcomed one.

The Bad: Faceoffs don’t win themselves, contrary to what the Canucks believed on this night.

The Canucks were a disastrous 20-for-69 at the dot, good for 29% and their worst showing on draws this season.

Daniel Sedin was the only player to finish about 30% on faceoffs, he went 1-for-1.

Henrik Sedin on moving past 500 career points:

”It’s fun, especially having them all here in Vancouver, it’s a fun place to play so hopefully I can reach 600 this season."

Alain Vignealt on the wow-factor that still exists for him when watching the twins play and how to tell them apart:

”Sometimes they do things and you think, that’s different, but I see them everyday and I can finally tell them apart so I’m getting used to it.

“I wouldn’t know. All I know is I can’t figure how come it took me four years because for me right now they don’t even look a like any more.”

The suddenly surging Canucks continue their playoff-like schedule with a day off Sunday before hosting the LA Kings on Monday.

Vancouver is 2-0-0 against Los Angeles this season having outscored the Kings 6-2.

The season-high eight-game home stand continues after that with Anaheim on Wednesday and Washington on Friday.


3 – Assists for Henrik Sedin.

6 – Straight games Hank the Tank has at least two helpers.

13 – Assists over that six game stretch.

38– Assists away from breaking the Canucks all-time mark, set by Trevor Linden.

501 – Career points for Henrik, 21 more than brother Daniel.

“Most nights maybe one guy has a bad night, but I think as a group we had a bad night tonight. You’ve got to give it to them, they were on tonight."

Ryan Kesler (on the play of the Wild)

"That’s something we’ve got to work on and tonight wasn’t good enough."

-Henrik Sedin (on the poor faceoffs)

"When you have a two-goal lead you never want to give them life, but we found a way to get it done in the last minute there."

-Shane O'Brien (on the late Wild goal)

"That was a really hot team coming in here and we saw why they’re on such a role so we’ll take these two points and move on."

-Roberto Luongo (on a solid Wild team)

Score early and often, that's a recipe for success for the Canucks.

Once again they struck early to knock the wind out of a tired team and then piled on more goals while remaining somewhat responsible defensively.

Henrik Sedin, what more can you say?

Vancouver was outshot by Minnesota 41-29.


Since Roberto Luongo returned from injury he's strung together four two-game winning streaks, including the one he's on. A single loss has broken the streak each time, meaning he should take the loss against the Kings. 

Stats don't take into account how well Luongo is playing though, and he made some great saves against the Wild. A third straight stellar performance is on the way for Monday.


A near perfect game on special teams for the Canucks as they went 3-for-5 on the man advantage while stunting all four Wild power plays.

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