Hangin On For a “W”
The Vancouver Canucks held on for a solid 2-1 road win over New Jersey on Friday, relying on solid goaltending and a well placed wrist shot from Mason Raymond to overcome Martin Brodeur and the Devils.
The Canucks closed out another two points on the second of back-to-back nights after an emotional road win in Detroit on Thursday. The team was almost caught in a snowstorm in Detroit but made it out of Michigan with just enough energy left over to steal another two points in New Jersey.
The Hat Trick
Rome’s Rare Tally
Aaron Rome made the most of his opportunities alongside defensive partner Chris Tanev Friday, burying a juicy rebound past Brodeur to open the scoring early in the first period. The pairing of Rome and Tanev earned some extra ice time in the second of back-to-back games, each playing just over 15 minutes against the Devils.
While Rome will get the glory for Friday’s opening goal, the young and talented Tanev continues to prove he is talented enough to stick with the big club throughout the playoffs in Vancouver.
Mason Raymond ripped down the right wing and utilized a Devils’ defender as a screen to sneak a soft wrist shot past Martin Brodeur early in the second period Friday. Raymond has never been known for his shot but smartly made the most of his surroundings against the living legend, proving that even the most talented and experienced goaltenders can be caught by a properly set screen.
Raymond is a perimeter player but has to utilize traffic and create more havoc around the crease like he did Friday against the Devils to be effective down the stretch.
Cory Schneider came up with several sensational stops against the Devils, outplaying Martin Brodeur in a classic defensive duel in New Jersey. Schneider started the game sharp, stopping Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise with a pair of momentum building saves from the slot early in the first period.
Schneider’s lone blemish came from an unfortunate bounce off the skate of David Clarkson as he drove to the net tied up with Raymond and defenceman Dan Hamhuis.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Canucks held on for another convincing win on Friday, limiting New Jersey’s chances in a classic defensive struggle against the Devils.
Following a rough night flying out of Detroit, Vancouver’s ability to lock it down defensively was especially impressive opposite Ilya Kovalchuk and a talented Devils lineup.
“This is a place that feels good, obviously we want to stay there. A lot of work ahead of us, everyone is going to be chasing us now.” Mason Raymond on Vancouver’s climb to top spot in the NHL.
1st. Cory Schneider - SAVE PCTG: 0.968
2nd. Mason Raymond - GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 2| PLUS/MINUS: 0
3rd. Zach Parise - GOALS: 0| PTS: 0| ASST: 0 SOG: 7| PLUS/MINUS: 0
Vancouver 2, New Jersey 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, February 24, 2012
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Referees: Dan O’Halloran, Greg Kimmerly
Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Jean Morin