Four points on the line
Two points were up for grabs to whoever won the game, but the more important two points were the ones that would vault Henrik Sedin over Markus Naslund for the all-time franchise lead.
The Sedin’s and Alex Burrows tried valiantly all game to make history, but were denied by a stingy rookie and some bad puck luck.
The Canucks though were good enough to grab the win and those two points, their sixth straight win.
Henrik, meanwhile, can make history in back-to-back home games Thursday against Dallas and Friday against Nashville.
Macy and Shreds
The Canucks are built on the productivity of duos.
They’re both not the biggest dudes, but they’re simply outworking everyone on the ice and getting rewarded for it.
The forward depth on this team is starting to become scary.
He teamed up with Raymond and Schroeder to set up Jannik Hansen‘s game-winning goal with a beautiful pass through the legs of Clayton Stoner.
The Honey Badger’s reaction? Thanks for the goal, stupid.
And dat pass.
Kid’s gonna be a beauty.
Oh, and the Wild placed Matt “Trademark” Kassian on waivers before the game, so there’s that fun little fact.
With Manny Malhotra not playing for personal reasons, the Canucks suffered in the dot.
Henrik Sedin himself lost fifteen draws.
There may not be much else Manny can do except win faceoffs, but what an important specialized skill to have.
There’s been a low level of disappointment for the play of Jason Garrison early in his Canucks career.
It’s not that he’s been bad, it’s that he hasn’t been good.
A microcosm of his season thus far was offered on Minnesota’s only goal of the game, where Mikael Granlund out-muscled him along the boards and helped set up Devin Setoguchi’s powerplay goal.
Not exactly what everyone was hoping for.
They both should have gone, but perhaps Lapierre’s reputation got in the way.
Or maybe you can board people on a late whistle now.