The Vancouver Canucks did just that Monday night taking down the league-leading Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 at Rogers Arena.
Playoff hockey is just around the corner and you could tell with the Blackhawks in town. This game had all the energy and excitement of post-season hockey and the Canucks responded with an inspired effort; Jannik Hansen opened the scoring with his first career power play goal at 14:28 of the first period to make it a 1-0 game after 20 minutes.
In the second, Vancouver kept its foot on the gas scoring another two goals courtesy of Zack Kassian and Daniel Sedin. Kassian's seventh goal of the year was assisted by both Sedins and moved Daniel into sole possession of second place on the franchise's all-time scoring list. Daniel then added another point scoring his 12th goal of the season.
Cory Schneider was stellar all night making 24 saves, including 14 through two periods, to back Vancouver to another two points and, more importantly, a fifth consecutive Northwest Division title. Since there is no longer a Northwest Division as of next season, the Canucks will forever be reigning champions.
AND ANOTHER THING...
The Canucks are now undefeated this season with Frank Corrado in the line-up...
Tweet of the Night - "Does Corrado even realize he's gone from battling London Knights to battling a Hart candidate in Jonathan Toews in the span of 2 weeks?" - @blakeprice1040. By how well he played, no chance.
This and that - The Canucks have won eight straight games at Rogers Arena - Vancouver has not won eight in a row on home ice since an 11-game home win streak from February 3 to March 19, 2009; the Blackhawks hadn't lost in regulation since March 29th; Chris Higgins played 14:37 recording two shots, a hit, a takeaway and a blocked shot in his return to the line-up.
Frankie goes to the NHL - Frank Corrado, who was recalled by the Canucks from the Chicago Wolves Sunday, made his NHL debut Monday night and was welcomed by the team letting him skate out for warm-up alone. Classic. Nifty stat from Tyson Giuriato that Corrado, at 20-years and 27-days-old, is the youngest defenceman to play for the Canucks since Luc Bourdon, who made his NHL debut on October 10th, 2006, at 19-years and 236-days-old.
Spooky, just spooky - Stat of the night? Stat of the year? Daniel Sedin passed Markus Naslund on the franchise's all-time scoring list in his 905th game, which is EXACTLY how many games it took brother Henrik to pass Naslund earlier this year.