February 09 2012 11:49PM
The Canucks shook off their Xxcel demons and secured a 5-2 road win in Minny.
With the exception of one fleeting moment when Byron Bitz sent a back-hand saucer pass to Henrik Sedin for a tap-in, tonight's win wasn't pretty. But it was effective, and the Canucks capitalized on a variety of bounces to earn a convincing 5-2 win over the Minnesota Mild. More important than the victory, which, heightened the team's perch atop the Northwest Division to a K2-like 15 points, it was another solid 5-on-5 performance from Vancouver's club. Neither the WIld nor the Preds are stellar possession teams, but after the dismal run the team was on, it's good to see them stop the bleeding.
While the victory was convincing, the Canucks still needed to overcome some weak penalty-killing, and the fastest goal in Minnesota Wild history. That goal, scored 13 seconds into the first by Dan Heatley, should've foreshadowed a long-night for the road-team; but from there Vancouver mostly dictated proceedings.
The Canucks capitalized on a mid-period 5-on-3 power-play - the result of a Matt Cullen high-stick on Alex Edler, and a Nate Prosser trip on Cody Hodgson - when Daniel Sedin got just enough on a rebound to direct it past Niklas Backstrom. Maxim Lapierre then put the Canucks up one when he scored a garbage goal off of another Edler rebound. In the second, the team bucked another recent trend by putting in a strong performance in the middle frame, and functionally put the Wild away with a Henrik goal off of a sweet back-hand apple from Bitz. Other than a flukey Malhotra trip, a run in with Clutterbuck and a beauty Setoguchi snipe: it was mostly smooth sailing from there.
A more detailed recap, scoring chance data and the Statistical Three Stars after the jump!
February 09 2012 03:06PM
How scary would Giant Kevin BieksaZilla be in real life? Answer: very scary
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February 09 2012 01:38PM
This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Uh oh – when was the last report on Sidney Crosby’s status? Will the Blackhawks acquire a new goalie before the playoffs? Will Raffi Torres cry when he returns to Vancouver as a Coyote on Monday? Hockey is a world where nothing is for certain; except a yes, in answer to that last question.
February 09 2012 12:18PM
A lovely scene from the Canucks last win at Xcel, almost a year ago.
Mikael Samuelsson scored and the Canucks had 14 total shots.
(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Image)
Game Day Recon: Game #54 - Canucks @ Wild
As the saying goes, they don't play these games on paper. If they did, this game would be an absolute blowout for the Vancouver Canucks. They lead, if not dominate, in every relevant statistical category over the Minnesota Wild, and their underlying numbers are far superior as well...
Sadly, they DON'T play these games on paper. And that's a good thing for the Wild, because they are beating the odds and have actually won enough hockey games to remains in the top-8 in the West. For now.
February 09 2012 10:29AM
Ebbett celebrates an GWG in OT against San Jose in December. The Canucks haven't lost in OT in a calender year.
21 and counting. That’s what the Vancouver Canucks streak is up to in regular-season games without an overtime loss. Oh sure, until recently, there have been more than a few shootout setbacks along the way. But the Vancouver Canucks are – and have been for a while now – bulletproof in regular season overtimes.
Read more about the team's incredible streak after break!