Five Round TKO
The Vancouver Canucks appeared to control the game early against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena but couldn’t put away their division rivals until the fifth round of the shootout on Tuesday.
The Hat Trick
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring with his 21st of the season halfway through the first period Tuesday, beginning a long night of cycling in the Oilers’ zone.
Henrik Sedin didn’t even tally a point against Edmonton but it was clear all night the talented twins were in the zone, passing and cycling the puck with ease around Devan Dubnyk.
Canucks fans with a quick trigger and a PVR verified the Sedins touched the puck 30 times in a row over a 90 second shift.
Devan the Dub’
Devan Dubnyk stoned the Sedins on several occasions Tuesday, keeping the Oilers above water as the Orcas circled at Rogers Arena. The Canucks hit a post behind Dubnyk on four separate occasions Tuesday including another stop from a goalie’s best friend during the shootout.
While the Canucks appeared to have consistent possession of the puck, Dubnyk’s calming play from the Edmonton crease allowed the Oilers’ young forwards to force overtime late in Vancouver.
Hall Plays Hero
The stitches across the top of his skull are still fresh, but Taylor Hall is already back playing at an elite level in the NHL. Hall was easily Edmonton’s best skater in Vancouver, tying the game late on a deflection from the point off the stick of Corey Potter.
Later in extra time Hall had the chance to win the game with a one-on-one move against Roberto Luongo, but was unable to beat the home keeper in the skills competition.
Lucky for Luongo, the Canucks just finished practicing the silly sideshow all weekend.
The Canucks looked comfortable for the majority of the game Tuesday, controlling play and the score until Taylor Hall’s late equalizer. While Edmonton’s young stars shone against the Canucks, Vancouver’s young emerging talent seemed intimidated by the visiting Oilers.
Cody Hodgson has one of his most forgettable games of the season Tuesday against Edmonton but should have his confidence back to professional levels after a week of All-Star festivities.
“Just a little cramping, but it went away.” Roberto Luongo said postgame after an early shootout save stressed his right leg.
1st. Kevin Bieksa – GOALS: 0| PTS: 0| ASST: 0 SOG: 1| PLUS/MINUS: 2
2nd. Taylor Hall – GOALS: 1| PTS: 2| ASST: 1 SOG: 4| PLUS/MINUS: -1
3rd. Dan Hamhuis – GOALS: 0| PTS: 1| ASST: 1 SOG: 0| PLUS/MINUS: 2
Vancouver 3, Edmonton 2
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Kyle Rehman, Tom Kowal
Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Mike Cvik