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The Goods: Sedins down Oilers

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 overtime win in Edmonton.

Mason Raymond drew a penalty on Denis Grebeshkov 53 seconds into overtime. With how well Vancouver’s power play had been clicking all night, it was bound to convert again at 4-on-3 in the extra session and Daniel Sedin brought that to fruition by converting a one-timer from Henrik to give the Canucks a 3-2 win.

The Oilers, a team that had lost eight straight and 15 of 16 games coming into the fifth of six meetings with the Canucks this season, didn’t play like bottom feeders early on as Sam Gagner opened the scoring on the power play midway though the first period.

Alex Burrows extended his point streak to nine games (tying him with Mike Green for the second longest active streak in the NHL) with his 12th goal in eight games. He finished off a tic-tac-toe play from the Sedins at 16:23 of the first leaving the teams tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

A quick Edmonton goal off a botched Canucks faceoff win restored the Oilers lead 2:10 into the second and that’s how the score remained until Vancouver found its game and took it to the home side in the third period.

The Oilers bent but didn’t break until late in the frame when, on the power play, Henrik worked the puck to Daniel, who got it to Sami Salo. The blueliner didn’t get all of his shot and that proved to be a good thing as it eluded Devan Dubnyk and wound up top corner on the glove side.

Daniel’s overtime winner was his 13th goal of the season and sixth game winner; he’s only two game-winners back of his career high.

Mason Raymond and Rick Rypien are the only true Alberta born players on Vancouver’s roster, but with how well Daniel and Henrik Sedin play against the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, they’re practically honorary citizens.

Danny and Hank combined for six points (1-5-6) on this night; in five games against the Oilers this season the twins have amassed five goals and 11 assists – don’t forget Daniel missed two of those contests because of injury.

Over their careers the Sedins have feasted on the Oilers to the tune of 98 points over 109 games. That’s seven points better than the 91 points they’ve tallied in 108 contests versus the Flames.

Henrik’s three assists give him 70 points this season, five more than runner-up Alex Ovechkin.

Willie Mitchell was forced to miss this game because of injury, leaving Vancouver down a D-man and short an assistant captain.

Aaron Rome returned from injury to fill the first void and Sami Salo sported the A to help out on the second.

Not only did Salo’s jersey look a little fancier but he stepped up his game like a true assistant captain by scoring the clutch game-tying goal with less than five minutes to play in the third period.

Salo’s fifth goal of the season and second in six games extended his point streak to three games, he also picked up an assist on Daniel Sedin’s overtime goal giving him four points in the last three outings.

The Canucks might not have needed any last second heroics to pull of this come-from-behind win were it not for the superhuman shot-blocking of the Oilers.

Edmonton compiled 26 blocked attempts in this game led by Robert Nilsson and Jason Strudwick, who came together for nine bruises.

The Canucks finished with eight blocks with three going to Alex Edler.

Shots were 33-29 in favour of the Oilers.

Daniel Sedin on the feisty Oilers, a strong power play and the thrill of victory & Mason Raymond on that extra special feeling of coming from behind to win:

Daniel: "There are 30 teams in this league and every team is good, it doesn’t matter. They have a few injuries but they fought hard tonight and they played well.

"Tonight our power play was really sharp and it won us the game. That’s what you want a lot of nights.

“Every win is big, it doesn’t really matter how you win. I think we’ve shown that we can score goals tonight and when we needed it the most, we came through.”

Mason: “That was huge for us, I don’t know how many third period wins we’ve had but those feel real good in the room. We go up against Dallas tomorrow night back home and that’s going to be another big one, but we’ll definitely enjoy this one for now.”

Vancouver returns home Thursday to face the Dallas Stars in the tail end of back-to-back games.

The Canucks and Stars last met on January 2, 2010 in Dallas with the visitors stealing a 3-1 victory.

This will be the fourth and final meeting between these teams with the Canucks leading the season series 2-1-0.

NUMB3RS

3 – Power play goals, on four attempts, for the Canucks.

6 – Points for the Sedins (1-5-6).

6 – Game-winning goals for Daniel Sedin this season.

31 – Saves for Roberto Luongo.

58 – Faceoff percentage for Vancouver.

70
– Points for Henrik Sedin, he's tops in the NHL by five points.

OFFENCE

When Vancouver's top line is rolling like it was in Edmonton, there's nothing anyone can do but stand back and watch the show.

The Sedins paired for two points on every Canucks goal; add Alex Burrows' goal into the mix and the top trio had seven of Vancouver's nine points.

DEFENCE

Defence from the offence is always a bonus and Sami Salo helped out in that department with a goal and an assist, the former pushing the Canucks to overtime.

Vancouver was scrambly at times but the blueliners held their own in absence of Willie Mitchell.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Vancouver scored on the power play for the fourth straight game finishing 3-for-4 on the man advantage with eight shots. Edmonton was 1-for-3 with six shots.

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