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Five thoughts on Vancouver’s 2-1 victory over the Wild

Written on February 13, 2013 at 09:42, by HTTN

Raymond, Ballard and Hansen look like the Sedins and Burrows as the Canucks extend streak to six

-by J.D. Burke and Omar Rawji

Well, the last minute of the game was pretty exciting. The rest of it — a typical unfortunately boring game against the Minnesota Wild.

The Canucks ruined Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper’s NHL debut while extending their winning streak to six games. Tuesday’s win was a lot like Vancouver’s previous five: they built an early lead and used great team defense and goaltending to seal the deal.

Five thoughts on the game

1. The Dane’s got finish: The Honey Badger led all Canucks with five shots and scored the game winner by roofing a beautiful passing play from Mason Raymond and Keith Ballard.

You can and should watch it over and over again. And maybe send it to the Sedins — they could learn a thing or two from the Canucks’ current top-scoring line.

2. Missing the faceoff man: Manny Malhotra doesn’t seem so overpaid at 2.5 million when the Canucks have to go a game without him.

The Canucks lost the faceoff battle 29-43 — winning only 39 percent of their draws. Henrik Sedin went 6-15, and their only player who ended the night on the positive side was Maxim Lapierre (13-10).

3. Must mention Luongo: It’s easy to leave out the goaltending story. Great goaltending, amazing saves, what a performance… same old story. But let’s not take this excellence for granted. Lou’s numbers against Minny: a .962 save percentage, and 1 goal against.

His stats have him ranked second in the NHL for both GAA and save percentage.

4. Anyone seen Volpatti? Fans loved the scrappy winger a week ago when he was fighting everything in sight and throwing the body with reckless abandon.

With everybody on the Wild trying to bully the Sedins and intimidate the rest of the Canucks, their goon was nowhere to be found. Volpatti threw two hits according to the stats, but I’m struggling to remember one. Or even seeing him. Makes you wonder if his 4:16 in ice time is a result of his invisibility, or the cause.

5. Bieksa’s efforts must be mentioned: Kevin Bieksa and Rick Rypien were best friends, and Bieksa has done his best to honour Ryp’s passing by leading the charge in the fight against mental illness. It’s fitting that Bieksa scored the first goal of the night on Bell’s “Let’s Talk Day” where the company donated five cents per text, tweet and long distance phone call made throughout the day.