Game 20 Wrap-Up: Vancouver Canucks overcome the Senators

Snoozer Results In A “W”

Cory Schneider overcame another shaky Sunday start by the Vancouver Canucks and Chris Higgins tipped home the game winner in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators.


Henrik Sedin’s opening goal of the game stood as a potential game winner for almost an entire period before Colin Greening put home a sweet feed from Jason Spezza early in the third.

It was a quiet sixty minutes from Rogers Arena before overtime forced some excitement out of these two consistently mediocre Canadian clubs.

Fans needed more than a couple CCs to keep Sunday’s game lively despite Andrew Albert’s attempt to add some anger to the contest with his second period hit from behind on Ottawa’s Kaspars Daugavins.

Alberts drove through the back of Daugavins into the boards and could be in for a call from Brendan Shanahan to talk about the collision after the defenceman failed to let up on a player in an obviously defenceless position.

Sunday was business as usual for Schneider lately, who appears to have adapted to the lack of goal support supplied by Vancouver’s skaters when he takes to the crease.

Cory Schneider

Canucks win 2-1 - Cory Schneider robs Milan Michalek - (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

Schneider’s teammates average only one goal per game over Schneider’s last four stars after Sunday’s 2-1 win.

While Roberto Luongo remains out with an apparent groin injury the Canucks must concentrate on doing their pair offensively in front of the beloved backup.

While the Canucks struggled to score again on Sunday, a strong penalty kill anchored by Schneider killed all five of Ottawa’s opportunities on the man advantage to stay in the game.

Not to be outdone, surprise starter and former Canuck Alex Auld robbed Ryan Kesler on a seemingly certain shorthanded opportunity during Sunday’s second period.

V’s Thoughts

Sunday’s overtime win over the Senators was far too close for comfort, and the Canucks must continue to focus on improving their own performance regardless of nightly results.

Despite the victory, Vancouver’s struggles to give Cory Schneider any significant goal support remain a real concern.

The Sedins and company simply hasn’t found the same offensive spark at five-on-five that sent them to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and cannot continue to rely on the special teams moving forward.

That being said, ugly points count in the standings all the same, so give the Canucks credit for coming up with the win without playing their best hockey.

Vancouver 2, Ottawa 1
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 20, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Tim Peel, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 18890
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