Flying V’s Hat Trick: Canucks Go Duck Shooting in Anaheim

California Dreamin’ Part II

Henrik Sedin got the game started in the very first minute and Cody Hodgson continued where his teammate left off, following his own rebound to build a two-goal lead the Vancouver Canucks wouldn’t relinquish on Thursday night in Anaheim.

The Hat Trick

Schneider Strong

A key to Vancouver’s recent success, the talented tandem of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider have backstopped the Canucks to their strong stretch of play in December.

Schneiderman stopped 30 of 32 shots faced on Thursday, keeping a shutout bid alive well into the third period until Bobby Ryan broke the streak six minutes into the final frame.

After a pair of potential goals were saved from out from behind Schneider, the backup thanked his team with several stellar stops late in the 3rd period as Anaheim pressed on.

Sedins’ Special Night

 The Sedin line came through with a point per period on Thursday, taking advantage of Anaheim’s absent defence down low to build an early lead.

Henrik Sedin converted a pass just out of the reach of his brother in the first and set up Daniel twice later in the game to defeat the Ducks.

Daniel Sedin’s second goal of the night was a pretty passing play from Vancouver’s top line, providing a perfect way to end a night of dominance over the Ducks.

Hiller Hooked at “Home”

Canucks vs. Ducks

Canucks Bieksa is chased by Perry last night in Anaheim. The Canucks won 5-2. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 Thanks to the sublime passing of the Sedin twins Jonas Hiller didn’t stand a chance lasting the game in the Ducks’ crease. Hiller stopped 12 of 16 shots from the blue paint but was serenaded during his final skate to the bench as the Canucks and their travelling fans said goodbye to the talented Swiss goaltender.

Kilometres away from home an army of Canucks fans had taken over the Honda Center on Thursday, creating an obviously uncomfortable situation for Hiller who couldn’t have been happy after being heckled hard in his home rink.

V’s Thoughts

 With a point to prove and goals to score Henrik and Daniel Sedin lead the Canucks to a commanding victory over the Ducks on Thursday. Following Jonas Hiller’s impressive performance versus Vancouver earlier in the year, the Sedins’ response in Anaheim proves their memory is as strong as their respective wrist-shots.

Quote Of The Night

“So pretty,” John Shorthouse kept it simple when describing the passing play leading up to Daniel Sedin’s final goal of the night.

3 Stars

1st Henrik Sedin – GOALS: 1| PTS: 3| ASST: 2 SOG: 2| PLUS/MINUS: 2
2nd Bobby Ryan – GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 4| PLUS/MINUS: 0
3rd Alexander Edler – GOALS: 0| PTS: 1| ASST: 1 SOG: 3| PLUS/MINUS: 0

Vancouver 5, Anaheim 2
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 29, 2011
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Referees: Mike Leggo, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Mark Wheler, Mike Cvik
Attendance: 17544


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