Flying V’s Hat Trick: Canucks Dominate in Division Duel

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In their first game back at Rogers Arena following a five-game road trip, the Vancouver Canucks defended their Northwest Division crown with a convincing 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday.


Niklas Backstrom and the Wild simply had no solution for the Sedin twins, who both tallied three points in the victory.

The Hat Trick – Three Game Changers

1. Luongo Keeps Game Level

Roberto Luongo earned his first shutout of the season against the Wild, keeping the game level for much of the first period before his team picked up their play in the opposite end of the rink.

Vancouver’s defence had several hard minutes to start the game, turning the puck over and losing coverage in their zone on a few occasions, leaving Luongo to make timely saves early.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s first period chance off the stick of Dan Hamhuis was one of two early opportunities where Luongo had to look large in Vancouver’s crease.

2. Power Play Prowess

Henrik and Daniel Sedin carried the Canucks Monday versus Minnesota, taking advantage of power play opportunities and a honourary triplet to tally three points on the night.

Henrik and Daniel switched positions against the Wild, allowing Henrik to play trigger-man at home as Daniel electred to perfect his passing.

All three of Vancouver’s goals involving the Sedins on Monday were highlight reel material, especially Alex Burrows’ 12thof the season.

Henrik Sedin

Sweet Pass! Henrik and Daniel Sedin carried the Canucks Monday versus Minnesota - (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

3. Edler’s Extra Effort

Before the Sedins could make magic in Minnesota’s end of the rink on Monday, Alex Edler and several of the Sedin’s teammates were making the extra effort to earn two important points.

Edler’s diving sweep check during Vancouver’s first period power play allowed the Sedins to move up ice free of a penalty Matt Cullen, providing space for another perfect passing play.

The Minnesota Wild challenged the Canucks early in a December duel for the Northwest Division, but couldn’t keep up with the sauces passes and power play poise of Henrik and Daniel Sedin on Monday.

The twins destroyed the Wild both on the power play and on the rush, allowing Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler to find open spaces on the ice for a pair of pretty goals in the 4-0 win.


“They’re all pretty easy…it wasn’t too much of an effort for me,” – Daniel Sedin attempts to be humble in his post-game comments after a three point night.

3 Stars

1st. Roberto Luongo – Save % 1.000
2nd. Henrik Sedin – 1 G 2 A +/- +1
3rd. Chris Higgins – 0 G 3 A +/- +1

Vancouver 4, Minnesota 0
When: 10:00 PM ET, Monday, December 19, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Marc Joannette, Mike Hasenfratz
Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Mike Cvik
Attendance: 18890

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