Gotta Be The Mask?!
The Vancouver Canucks followed the same game plan from Tuesday’s shutout loss to the New York Rangers but made their own luck Thursday against the Predators, jumping all over the visitors with four first period goals on the way to a convincing 5-1 victory.
Daniel Sedin sparked the Canucks only two minutes and eleven seconds into the game with a bank shot from behind Pekka Rinne’s net that surely had Kevin Weeks feeling groovy somewhere within the CBC studios.
Another two minutes later, Matt Halischuk’s opportunistic goal off of the end boards threatened to call the boo birds out once again, but Luongo and the Canucks never looked back responding with four further tallies of their own.
Vancouver’s fourth line of Weise, Lapierre and Aaron Volpatti had a strong game versus the Predators, racking up one goal, two fights and four shots in the victory.
Along with Weise’s first career NHL goal, Ryan Kesler fired his first of the year past Anders Lindback who replaced Pekka Rinne after a rough first period for the Finnish net minder.
The Canucks looked especially dangerous with a handful of defenceman actively jumping into the rush creating chances five on five and on the power play Thursday.
After failing to score in eight opportunities against the Rangers earlier this week, Henrik Sedin’s power play goal only ten seconds into the Canucks’ opening man advantage spelt relief for players and fans frustrated by the lack of production.
Mikael Samuelsson was hardly missed after sitting out Thursday’s game against the Predators, allowing Marco Sturm back into the lineup.
Sami Salo and Alex Edler both tallied power play points and Sturm looked active in the offensive zone, but failed to convert his best opportunity of the night on a slick two-on-one pass from Dale Weise.
The Canucks end their three-game home stand Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Dean Morton, Chris Rooney
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Shane Heyer