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 Dallas.
…Kyle Wellwood broke a nine-game goalless drought with his fifth goal of the season with 3:29 to play in the third period. His first score of 2010 boosted the Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Stars.
Vancouver and Dallas went tit for tat in the first period as Mason Raymond opened the scoring with a perfect individual effort that had him beat Alex Auld with a top-shelf backhander before Loui Ericksson responded with a five-hole goal on Roberto Luongo.
In the second Alex Edler rang a shot off the iron on the power play midway through the frame and Toby Peterson went the other way beating Luongo to put the Stars up 2-1. Not to be outdone, the Canucks netted a shortie of their own with a minute left in the period when Alex Burrows extended his point streak to 10 games by stealing the puck from Auld on a clearing attempt and putting it into the empty cage.
For the second time in as many nights Vancouver was dominant in the third and that helped the home side go up by two goals thanks to Christian Ehrhoff and Wellwood, before Trevor Daley cut the lead to one with just three seconds remaining in regulation.
The Canucks have now won three straight games and they take the season series versus the Stars three games to one.
Look no further than Christian Ehrhoff for your Clutch Canuck, especially with how this game played out for Vancouver’s defence.
Already a staple on the blueline for the Canucks, Ehrhoff took his game to another level on this night and particularly in the third period with Sami Salo in the locker room and Brad Lukowich gone for a stretch with a skate problem.
The German gladiator had 25:43 of ice time, seven seconds less than Alex Edler, 9:02 of which came in the third period. The double-shifting didn’t faze Ehrhoff as he not only held the Stars off the scoreboard every time he was on the ice, he also scored to give Vancouver a 3-2 lead in the third.
After Alex Burrows carried the puck into the Dallas zone, he sent a back pass to Henrik Sedin, he found Daniel Sedin and the quick thinking Swede hit a streaking Ehrhoff as he flew down the middle of the ice. One move later and Auld was clearing the puck out of his net.
Ehrhoff was a plus-2 on the night moving him to plus-23 on the season, good for third in the NHL.
Mason Raymond and Kyle Wellwood both ended slumps to help the Canucks to their 30th win of the season in a game where the Sedins weren’t Vancouver’s best playmakers.
Raymond’s first period goal was his first in 11 games and first since recording a hat trick in Calgary on December 27, 2009. As mentioned, the goal came from an outstanding individual effort from May Ray as he used his speed to embarrass the Stars defence.
Wellwood’s goal, which at the time looked to simply be insurance but ended up counting as the game-winner, ended his second longest goalless streak of the season and it couldn’t have come a better time.
Steve Bernier corralled a bouncing puck at centre ice before chipping it ahead to Wellwood, he went in untouched on Auld and snapped the biscuit low blocker side for his fifth goal of the season.
With the black hole sucking up all of Vancouver’s defencemen, Brad Lukowich has stepped in and performed admirably.
In this, his sixth game of the season, Lukowich logged 13:51 of ice time, his second highest total of the season. He had the second assist on Raymond’s 23rd goal of the season for his first point of the year and added two hits, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating to his stat line.
The Cranbrook, BC product was also credited with an assist on Wellwood’s game-winning goal, but it was later revoked and awarded to Alex Edler.
Alex Burrows on his sixth goal in five games and 13th in nine, a score that came at the expense of former teammate Alex Auld:
”I think he’s not as good as Turco, Turco would have probably sauced it through me or something. Obviously he kind of panicked for a second with it, he probably thought I was going to turn the corner and I just got my long stick on it and I was lucky enough to knock it off his stick and it was an empty net afterwards.
”I thought he played really good tonight, he’s playing unbelievable for them and battling for that number one spot and that’s that says a lot when you have Marty Turco as the other goaltender. He’s doing well for them but we’re happy to get the win.“
Friday is an off day for the Canucks as they get some rest and relaxation in before a big game Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ovechkin coming to town was one thing, Crosby’s visit was another, but a second home game against the hated Hawks has been circled on most calendars all year.
This will be the third of four meetings between the two this season; Vancouver beat Chicago 3-2 in the Windy City before the Blackhawks got their revenge by upending the Canucks 1-0 at GM Place in November.