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 4-3 shootout loss to Colorado.
…Matt Duchene, the NHL’s rookie scoring leader, beat Roberto Luongo in the shootout to hand Vancouver a 4-3 loss; Duchene was the only scorer to find the back of the net in the shootout.
The Canucks came out flat in the first giving up the game’s opening goal, shots were 10-3 before the home side turned on the jets and evened the game at 1-1. Daniel Sedin’s 25th goal of the season had the crowd in a frenzy, which the Avalanche quieted with a score 57 seconds later to lead 2-1 after one.
An outstanding individual effort from Mason Raymond had the game tied at 2-2 seven minutes into the second; he carried the puck in Colorado zone down the left side before snapping a shot over a diving Adam Foote and past Craig Anderson short side.
Vancouver fell behind for the third time with six minutes to play in the frame off a scramble in the Canucks crease that had Luongo made the initial save, but he was unable to get a glove on the rebound.
The comeback was on when Daniel Sedin evened the game on the power play at the 15:54 mark of the third. That forced overtime, which Vancouver ruled, before a shootout was needed.
Kyle Wellwood, Pavol Demitra and Ryan Kesler were all stopped in the one-on-one battle.
It was a monster night for Alex Ovechkin, unbeknownst to Henrik Sedin. Not that his focus is on the points race.
Henrik finished with an assist to reclaim the overall points lead, 107-106. He should have swapped jerseys with Daniel, the Sedin who really had it going on in this outing.
Daniel scored his 25th and 26th goals of the season to move him into third in goal scoring on the team; he’s now scored at least 25 goals in four consecutive seasons and the two points pushed him to 80 on the year, four back of his career high despite missing 19 games this year.
Sami Salo, the point machine?
Salo picked up two points for the second straight game giving him 28 points this season, the fourth highest output of his career and his best total in four seasons.
With Christian Ehrhoff in the press box, Salo also took on extra minutes for the second consecutive game. The Finnish defenceman was second behind Alex Edler in ice time with 25:43, five minutes and three seconds more than his season average.
This was Salo’s 67th game of the season, the most he’s had since 2006-07 and the third most ever.
The comeback Canucks were really doing their thing in this game as they erased deficits three times and was close to sneaking out the win.
Colorado led by a goal on three occasisions, yet each time saw its lead evaporated because of Vancouver’s never-say-never attitude.
The Canucks currently have 11 third period comebacks on this season, an NHL high and a franchise record, previously held by the 1984-85 and 2003-04 Canucks.
With one more third period comeback Vancouver will tie the 2005-06 Dallas Stars for the most in NHL history.
Roberto Luongo on the game and his team’s ability to switch its game on when needed, despite playing for nothing:
”It was a hard fought game. Those guys were desperate on the other side and it was a good battle both ways, unfortunately we weren’t able to get that extra point in the shootout, but I thought it was a pretty good game.
”I think the switch was on tonight. If you look at our effort, it would have been easy for us to go out there and go through the motions and for them to get an easy two points. Like I said, it was an even battle and we’ve got nothing to be ashamed of.”
While Vancouver awaits confirmation on which team it will meet in the first round of the playoffs, there’s also a game to prepare for. The Canucks travel to San Jose Thursday to meet the Western Conference leaders.
The Canucks are 1-2-0 versus the Sharks this having been outscored 10-7, outshot 94-90 and beaten in the faceoff circle 103-74.