Burrows Caps Vengeful Comeback
Methot hit inspires road team to get even on scoreboard.
Marc Methot ran Henrik Sedin in the second period but rather than responding physically the Canucks made sure to exact their revenge on the Blue Jackets on the score board, much to the chagrin of John Garrett, Dan Murphy and many within Canucks nation.
Such is the reality on a team led by Henrik Sedin, the same captain that allowed Brad Marchand to take shot after shot in the name of drawing a penalty for his team.
Sedin may have slightly turned into the hit by Methot, but the Columbus defenceman clearly drove through Sedin’s number threes with both hands and could face disciplinary action from Brendan Shanahan.
Chris Higgins had another solid game including a first period tip-in and Alex Burrows avenged his linemate on the power play following a high sticking call on NHL all-name team member Grant Clitsome halfway through the third period.
The young backup earned the team’s first victory in a sloppy and often times adventurous effort in and around the Canucks’ crease Monday. Despite two devastating Game Six gaffs playing the puck in last year’s series versus the Chicago Blackhawks Schneider had a number of close calls around the net in Columbus.
Schneider, who was once known for his puck handling skills, must hone his craft quickly if he is to consistently wonder out of the net in the future.
Schneider’s start against the Blue Jackets came as a bit of a surprise considering the upcoming back-to-back games in Detroit and Philadelphia later this week but it seems Alain Vigneault will elect to split his two goaltenders evenly over the first four games of the season.
Jason Botchford tweeted Monday night Schneider should start Thursday in Detroit.
After failing to register a point versus the Canucks last season Rick Nash tallied an assist on Vinny Prospal’s go-ahead goal wrap-around goal in the second period.
Canucks goaltending coach Rollie Melanson is sure to be stressing the importance of defending shots from behind the red line to both his goaltenders after two rough games in that department to start the season.