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The Goods: Nucks fall in Oil Country

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 3-2 loss in Edmonton.

IT WAS OVER WHEN...

…the Canucks failed to score the tying goal while up 6-on-5 in the final minute of the third period in a 3-2 Oilers win.

The Canucks arrived in Edmonton early Tuesday but it wasn’t until midway through the first period when their game showed up.

Edmonton was up 2-0 less than seven minutes in as Roberto Luongo was fooled on two of his first four shots against, from there the comeback was on.

Vancouver’s rally was charged by its second line with Mason Raymond scoring his first goal in 12 games to put the Canucks on the board at the 13:21 mark of the frame.

Down 2-1 and looking for the equalizer in the second, the Canucks fell behind by a pair for the second time thanks to an Andrew Cogliano shot from 30 feet out that ricocheted off Alex Edler’s stick and past Luongo.

The Canucks cut into the lead once again with 3:48 remaining in the second and although Daniel Sedin put the one-timer past Jeff Deslauriers, Henrik Sedin deserves full marks for the patience he displayed in twisting and turning his way to the front of the goal, drawing several Oilers, before shuffling the puck to Daniel.

Vancouver outshot Edmonton 11-9 in the third, but Deslauriers ensured the Canucks would be the second straight opponent stumped by the spoiler Oilers.

CLUTCH CANUCK

Just when it looked like the Oilers had worn the Sedins down and knocked them out of their comfort zone with pestering physical play, the twins shrugged it off and connected for Vancouver’s second goal.

When Henrik found Daniel to give the Canucks renewed hope in their comeback attempt, the score was more than the 238th of the season for the team, it was the 200th of Daniel’s career.

The latest member of Vancouver’s 20-goal club notched his 200th career goal in his 697th game; Daniel becomes the sixth Canuck to reach the 200 goal milestone behind Tony Tanti, Pavel Bure, Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund, five of the greatest goal scorers this franchise has ever seen.

The goal also pushed Daniel’s point total against the Oilers to nine this season, the same as Henrik’s output, although Daniel played four games to Henrik’s six.

UNSUNG HERO

Mason Raymond wasn’t going to get a better opportunity to break his slump than against the Oilers, the team with the most goals against in the NHL.

He took full advantage of it.

Breaking out of an 11-game goal drought with his 23rd of the season, Raymond converted a perfectly placed cross-ice feed from Michael Grabner in the late stages of the first period.

Raymond was Vancouver’s most dangerous offensive weapon all night as he used his speed to embarrass Edmonton’s defence for a team-high six shots.

Raymond's goal gives the Albertan sniper at least one score in each month and on every day of the week this season; scoring on a Tuesday in March filled both holes in his calendar.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Despite the Oilers being tied for first in the NHL in third period goals allowed and the Canucks sitting second in third period goals for, neither team lived up to their stats over the final 20 minutes.

Vancouver’s comeback effort was strong, especially by Kyle Wellwood’s line in the final 10 minutes, but Jeff Deslauriers was surprisingly good in his 15th win of the year and the 20th of his career.

NEXT UP

A quick turnaround has the Canucks back in Vancouver for a Wednesday game against the Anaheim Ducks, luckily both teams will be on the heels of back-to-back games.

Anaheim has had Vancouver’s number this season going 2-0-0. Shots are even at 68-68, yet the Ducks have outscored the Canucks 10-4.


NUMB3RS

1 – Goal for Mason Raymond, his first in 12 games.

22 – Blocked shots for the Canucks.

11-2 – Record in the first of back-to-back games.

33 – Shots for Vancouver, 11 in the third period.

200 – Career goals for Daniel Sedin.

OFFENCE

Mason Raymond and Kyle Wellwood stood out as the best Canucks forwards on this night. Because they were on two different lines, Vancouver was able to come at Edmonton in waves.

Raymond scored and had six shots, Wellwood had five shots and came closest to tying the game late.

Vancouver outshot Edmonton 33-22.

DEFENCE

The last line of defence, Roberto Luongo, got off to a rocky start with two goals against on four shots, he gave up three on 10 before stopping all 12 faced before the end of the game.

Luongo has allowed three goals or more in three of his last four starts.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Neither team took advantage of power play opportunities, Vancouver was 0-for-3, Edmonton finished 0-for-2.

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