The Canucks end a trend and take home victory
-by J.D. Burke
The Canucks broke a time-honoured tradition on Wednesday: they put together a 2-0 lead… and they went on to win.
Five thoughts on the game
1. Playing the Avs cures all ailments: The Canucks continued their dominance over their divisional foes with their eighth straight victory over Colorado. In their last 18 games against the Avalanche Vancouver has gone 16-0-2.
2. New starting goalie (err… old starting goalie) rises to the occasion: In a shocking move that gave the media plenty to talk about, Alain Vigneault went with Roberto Luongo over supposed starter Cory Schneider.
Clearly, AV wasn’t bluffing when he said, “Wouldn’t you say we have two starting goalies?” Lou had his first shutout of the season in a 24-save performance.
3. Kassian is rolling: Zach “The Kasquatch” Kassian just keeps on scoring. He managed his fifth goal of the young season, which is one more than he had all of last year.
Best of all, his success isn’t all due to the Sedins. They’ve only assisted on only two of his five goals, meaning he’s actually been the best player on his line.
4. Burrows’ ice time unusually low: Alex Burrows saw his ice time drop from 21:36 against the Kings to 13:51 against the Avs. If that wasn’t odd enough, he had the least ice time of any forward who regularly kills penalties.
5. Lappy’s groin needed rest: Max Lapierre had his best game of the season and scored his first goal of the year. He worked hard for the goal, skating around Greg Zanon and sneaking a soft goal between Semyon Varlamov’s legs to give Vancouver the dreaded 2-0 lead. He also won 6 of 10 faceoffs.
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