Vancouver avenges its home opener loss to the Ducks
-by J.D. Burke
The Canucks started their three game California road trip by manhandling the Ducks in their home opener. Goaltending in combination with a potent power play and contributions from unlikely Canucks were too much for the Ducks.
Five thoughts on the game
1. Raymond’s hot streak continues: The speedster had another great game scoring his second and third goals of the season. And yes, he’s even staying on his feet.
All his success is enough to make one think maybe his disappointing last season was due to his back injury from the 2010 playoffs, as many Raymond loyalists claimed all along.
2. Volpatti nearly manages the Gordie Howe hat trick: Aaron Volpatti had a fight less than two minutes into the game and scored a goal midway through the second. It was a five hole softy that Jonas Hiller would surely like to have back, but Volpatti didn’t mind.
3. Ebbett filled Malhotra’s shoes: Manny Malhotra stayed in Vancouver to be with his wife and newborn baby boy. Congratulations Manny.
In Malhotra’s absence, Ebbett won six of nine faceoffs and was second amongst Canucks forwards in short-handed ice time.
4. The Canucks need to get more from Bieksa: Kevin Bieksa has been invisible. In the offensive zone all he’s managed are shots into opposing players’ shin pads. In the defensive zone he’s far from the physically dominating defensemen Canucks fans love.
Vigneault has clearly taken notice as Bieksa didn’t play a single shift on the penalty kill and only had 19:38 in ice time. That’s low for him.
5. Does the shutout mean the goalie controversy is over? This is Vancouver so it’s safe to assume there is always a goalie controversy…
But Cory Schneider stopped all thirty shots and led the Canucks to the win. The controversy is over. For one night, anyways.
-you can read more by J.D. Burke (@WeveGotTwins) at We’ve Got Twins