Happy Boxing Day
The Vancouver Canucks returned to their season with a spark on Boxing Day, beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 at Rogers Arena. The Canucks began the game with a great start, bringing a physical presence that helped jumpstart the early lead.
The Hat Trick – Three Game Changers
Weise Way Out of Line
Dale Weise’s second period hit on the Oilers’ Alex Plante opened up the game for Edmonton after a commanding three goal first period put the Canucks in cruise control to start the second.
Weise closed the gap on Plante quickly, charging through the back shoulder of the young forward, throwing him face-first into the glass.
Weise earned five minutes and a game misconduct for the charge, and will certainly be receiving a call from Brendan Shanahan in the near future to discuss the play.
Plante left the game with a large cut on his face and appeared extremely shaken up.
Burrows Bites Back
After Dale Weise’s hard hit opened the game back up for the Oilers, the power play push of the visitors was stymied by Burrows in the second period.
Jordan Eberle’s 16th goal of the season scored 2:22 into the Weise boarding major gave the road team some life, but Burrows’ shorthanded beauty later in the man advantage had the Oilers back where they had started.
Kesler’s smooth stick-handling shorthanded helped him earn the zone before setting up Burrows in the second period, only for Burrows to return the favour with an assist of his own on Kesler’s third period tip-in.
After laying out a Turkey for the Calgary Flames just before Christmas, the Canucks made sure not to leave another two points on the table against the Oilers on Monday.
While I don’t believe there was any intent to injure, Dale Weise clearly bit off more than he can chew with his second period hit on Alex Plante and is deserved of supplemental discipline from the league.
You’ve got to feel for Plante, who was caught in a terrible position and certainly didn’t see the hit coming.
Quote of the Night
“Things happen so fast, I thought I caught him on the shoulder there and he kind of went in at a vulnerable position, I respect the call.” – Dale Weise on his second period hit.
1st. Alexandre Burrows GOALS: 1 | PTS: 2 | ASST: 1 SOG: 1 | PLUS/MINUS: 3
2nd. Jordan Eberle GOALS: 1| PTS: 2 | ASST: 1 SOG: 3 | PLUS/MINUS: 0
3rd. Ryan Kesler GOALS: 1 | PTS: 2 | ASST: 1 SOG: 5 | PLUS/MINUS: 2
BOXSCORE | Q’s POST GAME RECAP
Vancouver 5, Edmonton 3
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, December 26, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Dave Jackson, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Jay Sharrers