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Five thoughts on the Canucks OT win against the Oilers

Written on February 5, 2013 at 09:31, by HTTN

Never has it been truer: #ChrisTisOurSaviour

-by J.D. Burke and Omar Rawji

Chris Tanev scored his first NHL goal allowing Canucks fans to know how it feels to be on the winning end of a 2-0 comeback. Vancouver has now put together a three game winning streak with Roberto Luongo in net.

Five thoughts on the game

1. A night of firsts: Kevin Bieksa, Chris Tanev and Jannik Hansen all notched their first goals of the season (Tanev, his first ever).

Hansen’s was a typical Hansen goal – all hard work and effort, and Bieksa’s was purely opportunistic – he was in the right place to finish a nice play from Mason Raymond. As for Tanev’s goal… it deserves it’s own thought.

2. Tanev turns sniper Tanev’s first goal wasn’t some typical slapper usually scored by boring defensemen.

No. First, he led the Canucks on a rush into the Oiler’s end, skating in, dumping the puck into the corner and chasing it down. He then circled back and when the pass came from Daniel Sedin, Tanev didn’t just shoot it. He picked the top left corner perfectly. Steven Stamkos couldn’t have placed the shot better.

3. The Canucks dominant in faceoffs: The Canucks were amazing in the faceoff circle, winning 44 of 63, which is about 70%.

Henrik Sedin led the charge going 18-5.

4. Forward lines re-shuffled: With the Canucks down 2-1 midway through the second and outshot 8-6 in the first period, AV decided to make a change. Alex Burrows was reunited with the twins, and Hansen was rewarded for his goal with a promotion to line two.

Shots from the second period until the end of the game: 34-17.

5. Schroeder looks good at second line centre: With Ryan Kesler out, Jordan Shroeder finally got the chance to fill his shoes on the second line. He responded with his best game so far. He played 18:38, won three of six faceoffs, and assisted on Hansen’s goal.