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 5-1 win over Ottawa.
…the Canucks scored two goals in a span of 2:18 midway through the second period to take a 3-1 lead in a 5-1 win over the Senators.
Vancouver’s homecoming began with the team’s best first period in recent memory, Mikael Samuelsson opened the scoring with a power play goal and the Canucks outshot the Sens 17-2.
Three minutes into the second Jason Spezza undressed Andrew Alberts as he flew down centre ice before roofing a shot top shelf on Roberto Luongo to even the score, but Ottawa’s flourish was shortlived.
Alex Burrows scored a shorthanded goal 9:12 into the middle frame to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead before Samuelsson hit the 30 goal mark with a backhand goal from in front. Daniel Sedin added a goal before the period was through to put Vancouver up 4-1.
The final 20 minutes were merely a formality as the Canucks continued to pick apart the Senators adding another goal off eight shots. Sami Salo tallied the final score in a 5-1 win.
The Canucks welcomed back Kevin Bieksa for the first time since December 29; he played 20 shifts for 17:06 of ice time recording one shot, one hit, one blocked shot and two takeaways.
What do Rick Nash, Nicklas Backstrom, Patrick Kane and Bobby Ryan have in common?
They all trail Mikael Samuelsson in goals. Didn’t see that coming, did you.
Samuelsson became the second Canucks forward and 14th NHLer to hit 30 goals on the season with a two goal performance against the Senators, he also added a helper to give him 52 points on the season.
This snubbed Swede has nine goals over his past six games and 12 points over that stretch. Since being united with Daniel and Henrik Sedin as a line in the third period of the 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators March 7, Vancouver’s top trio has combined for 11 goals and 14 assists.
Not only is Henrik Sedin cementing himself as a mainstay on the NHL’s points leaderboard, he’s also now a permanent fixture in Vancouver’s franchise scoring.
Henrik assisted on a Daniel Sedin score in the second period, the helper gave him 64 this season and 415 for his career moving him into a tie with Trevor Linden for the franchise record.
The assist also pushed Hank’s season point total to 91, moving him into a tie with Patrik Sundstrom for most points by a centre in a season, and to 551 in his career allowing him to leapfrog Thomas Gradin to become fourth all-time in franchise scoring.
Once thought to be untouchable, Pavel Bure’s club record of 110 points during the 1992-93 season can be matched by Henrik with 20 points over his next 14 games.
When Alex Burrows was sprung on a shorthanded breakaway thanks to Ryan Kesler knocking the puck away from Erik Karlsson at the Vancouver blueline, he took his time going in before beating Pascal LeClaire with a new move.
Instead of the old backhander top shelf, Burrows went forehand post and in to give him five shorthanded goals this season; he’s now even with Marian Hossa for tops in the NHL.
The shortie gives Burrows 13 in his career tying him with Stan Smyl and Alex Mogilny for third in Canucks history. Pavel Bure holds the record with 24.
Henrik Sedin on chasing down Trevor Linden and Thomas Gradin in some impressive career categories and his brother Daniel getting back into a groove offensively:
”It means something because those are two great players and great persons that I really admire. Both Trevor and Thomas have been really supportive of me and Daniel in the time we’ve been here, it’s nice.”
”Like you saw, we’ve played a lot better after the Olympics, before we didn’t play good enough to earn goals, but after the Olympics we’ve played a lot better and that’s when you get some bounces too.”
The Canucks are right back at it Sunday night as the Calgary Flames ignite a divisional contest that is sure to be intense.
Including this win, Vancouver leads Calgary by 10 points with 14 games remaining (15 for Calgary) meaning every win is crucial for both teams.
The Canucks are 1-2-1 vs. the Flames this season.