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Five notes on Vancouver’s 4-3 win over the Stars

Written on February 22, 2013 at 09:12, by headtothenet

The Canucks rally hard to snap their three-game losing streak

– by Demi Christou

Despite stumbling awkwardly onto the ice like Bambi in both the first and second periods, Vancouver rallied to beat Dallas and earn retribution for last Friday’s loss.

The win was Vancouver’s first in their last four games, and they executed it in impressive fashion. Want to know how? Read on.

Five notes on the game

1. Schneider caaaaalms down after a shaky start: Things looked bleak out of the gate as Victoria-native Jamie Benn potted a bad-angle goal over Cory Schneider’s shoulder in the first shift of the game. Scattered, lost, and confused – the Canucks looked like my beer league team on a Saturday night.

But like the elite goaltender he is, Schneider hit the reset button and looked sharp throughout the rest of the first period… Then the same thing happened early in the second – but he closed the door again, making the saves that mattered to get the W.

2. Not unlike Katy Perry, the back end was as deadly as the front: A total of four points came from Vancouver’s defense, including two go-ahead goals — the first from Boom Boom Bieksa and the second from Mr. Garrison (Edler almost had one, but his PP rocket was tipped by Burrows).

Honourable mention goes to Chris Tanev, who was rock solid, especially killing penalties.

3. Hank, Danny, and Alex firing on all cylinders: Cycling the puck around like it was practice, the first line looked like the Globetrotters of hockey for long stretches on Thursday — especially on the power play.

Burrows ended the night with a goal and an assist – but we’ll count his pretty give-and-go passing play with Hank for two. BAM! Three points for Burrows.

4. Persistence, persistence, persistence… persistence… persistence: Vancouver fell behind twice in the first two periods but came back stronger every time. The Canucks have shown a lot of fight in the last few games with some dramatic comebacks. This time they were finally rewarded with a win.

Nice to see the heartfelt effort pay off. Hats off… y’know… for the boys.

5. Special teams becoming more special: The Canucks killed off five penalties with strong defensive efforts.

They scored one power-play goal in three attempts, but Vancouver’s man advantage looked dangerous all night. The first PP unit of the Sedins, Burrows, Kesler, and Edler looks like a winner…

They move the puck around efficiently, have an excellent net presence in Burrows, and Kesler’s return has already provided a much needed boost.