IT WAS A SHUTOUT!
40 minutes into this game, the Canucks were beat up and holding on to an improbable 2-0 lead.
Considering the flow of the game thus far, most Canucks fans would have been happy for a quiet, event-free third. What we got instead was sheer madness.
The Canucks scored 4 in 4:25 to to cap the game, and more importantly no one else got hurt.
1. Hats On The Ice
Don’t look now but Daniel Sedin is scoring again. His fifth career hat trick gives him 12 goals on the year now, five back of Phil Kessel and Jonathon Toews for the league lead.
He made them look effortless tonight, as the Sedins usually do when they’re on.
So effortless in fact that his hat trick was probably the third or fourth most eventful thing that happened in this game, so moving on..
2. Danish Meatballs
His first was an absolutely beautiful finish on a give and go between Henrik and Kevin Bieksa. His second came in the third, 34 seconds after Daniel’s second and 1:19 before Daniel’s third.
With Higgins out and Booth likely to join him for a period of time, this is very very welcome to see from the Honey Badger.
3. Nice Streak
Bieksa had an eventful night.
After his assist on Hansen’s first goal, which pushed his point streak to 6, he took a nasty but apparently unintentional elbow from David Jones late in the second that left Vancouver with just 3 defencemen on a 5-on-3. Bieksa left the game amidst speculation he was forced to the quiet room as per NHL concussion protocols.
The big man was a welcome sight on the ice to start the third and appeared no worse for wear. Why did he leave the game? Why does any hockey player leave a game?
The game hit a sour note in the first when Kevin Porter caught David Booth with a knee-on-knee that dropped the winger in a fashion eerily similar to when he got caught with his head down by Mike Richards.
Booth left the game and unsurprisingly did not return.
The Canucks will learn the full the extent of the damage tomorrow but it’s a tough loss because Booth was just starting to fly on that second line. He had five points in five games coming into this one.
To add some insult to the injury, the Canucks failed to even threaten Semyon Varlamov on the five minute powerplay.
2. Close calls
Soon after, Bieksa went down on the Jones elbow. Just like that, the window was wide open for the Avalanche to get back in this one.
5-3, 3 defenders, and a cold goalie.
Thankfully the Avalanche were still the Avalanche and failed to capitalize but we’ve seen a number of games lost in a stretch of five minutes where the span started in similar bad-to-worst fashion.
3. No Goose Egg
Fresh off being shutout by Cory Schneider, the Avs once again looked disinterested in trying to find the back of the net in this one.
Luongo made his best impression of a stock cardboard goalie before being caught by a fluttering right in the throat.
He would have to leave the game but rejoined the bench for the Third. Schneider would have take over the rest of the game, probably after having a good laugh at the bench.
Since no one went the full 60 minutes tonight, the shutout will be awarded to the team.
It’s a hard one to argue against unless you have one of the goalies in your fantasy pool.
Fittingly, they were named CO-3rd stars.
Finally, one interesting Roxy-related stat: I’m unsure how far back this goes, but according to this tweet, the Canucks are 14-0 at home against teams with Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, or Shane O’Brien that arrive in town 48 hours before the game.
Whether we score on or off the ice, we are all Canucks.