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The Goods: Lou shuts down Flyers

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 3-0 win in Philadelphia.

…Christian Ehrhoff snuck a knuckler past Brian Boucher with 3:19 left in the third period to put the Canucks up 3-0.

It took the Canucks, who were on the tail end of back-to-back games, a period to get going before turning it up in the second frame with 13 shots and a pair of goals. Willie Mitchell scored the first, his third of the season, and Alex Burrows doubled Vancouver’s lead with his eighth goal.

Although the Canucks were comfortably in front going into the third, it took a 15-save performance from Roberto Luongo to seal this win. Vancouver’s captain finished with a season-high 38 saves.

The Canucks are now 2-0 to start this four-game trip with a visit to Carolina on the calendar for Saturday morning.

Roberto Luongo’s cell wasn't buzzing with texts from Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman after Vancouver’s 5-2 win over New Jersey on Wednesday, but it might have been after this win.

Luongo stopped all 38 shots thrown his way, including 29 after the first period, for his second shutout of the season and 49th of his career, and yes, Yzerman was in attendance.

Since returning from injury, Luongo has won six of nine games and allowed three goals or more only twice over that stretch. He now sports an impressive 2.41 goals against average, alongside a save percentage of .916, having played 1,244:05 of ice time over 22 games.

Anything you can do, I can do better.

There isn’t a friendly feud going on between Vancouver’s defenders, but with how they’re putting up points of late, you could have fooled me.

Everyone has been in on the scoring to the tune of four goals over the last two games, and that includes Willie Mitchell’s third goal of the season that opened the scoring for Vancouver.

Mitchell’s goal was made possible because of a scrappy shift by the fourth line of Tanner Glass, Ryan Johnson and Rick Rypien that had the Flyers in disarray. After digging the puck out of the corner, Glass charged towards the goal but lost control of the puck. Mitchell was cruising through the slot and his backhand shot fooled Boucher.

Mitchell also stepped up in the fights department as he went toe-to-toe with villain Chris Pronger. The fight didn’t pan out as planned - with Pronger on his caboose - but this time of year it’s the thought that counts.

The Canucks rank in the bottom third of the league in killing penalties, a clear indication that they’ve struggled in that department.

On this night Vancouver was airtight while down a man going 5-for-5 while killing penalties.

Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, and Ryan Kesler all put in more than four minutes killing penalties, while Willie Mitchell led the charge at 5:27.

The Canucks are 10-2-0 when holding their opposition at bay on the power play.

Friday is practice day for the road warriors, but they’ll be sure to hit the sheets early tomorrow night with Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes an early morning affair.

Puck drops at 10:30 a.m. PST in Carolina – be sure to have your picks in for Canucks Fantasy Hockey by then.

NUMBERS

2 – Shutouts for Roberto Luongo this year.

3 – Wins versus teams from the Atlantic Divison.

4 – Goals from Vancouver's defence in the last two games.

5 – Wins versus the Eastern Conference.

38 – Saves for Roberto Luongo, a season-high.

OFFENCE

The Canucks created a lot of traffic in front of Brian Boucher and simply got pucks on goal whenever they had the chance.

After a sluggish opening frame, the offence had 20 shots and three goals in the second and third periods.

Ryan Kesler had a team-high four shots, but he remains without a goal in his last 13 games.

DEFENCE

A carbon copy of Vancouver's win over New Jersey, this win over Philadelphia featured a stellar performance from Roberto Luongo and the defence chipping in offensively. 

The D had two goals and Luongo had 38 saves for his 49th career donut.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The good news is Vancouver blanked the opposition for the second straight game holding Philadelphia to 0-for-5.

The bad news is the Canucks failed to score themselves for the second consecutive outing going 0-for-5 vs. the Flyers.

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