The Canucks won despite a miserable first period during which they managed just three shots. New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider, the former Canuck, did not look good on either of Vancouver’s goals. He and defenceman Andy Greene got their signals crossed on Ryan Kesler’s first-period goal and Daniel Sedin beat him from a sharp angle in the second period to tie the game 2-2. Mike Santorelli was the only player to score in the shootout. The win improved Vancouver’s record to 7-4-1 this season.
BY THE NUMBERS
Henrik Sedin assisted on both Vancouver goals and is now second in NHL scoring with 15 points. He’s just two points behind league leader Sidney Crosby. . .The Canucks won the faceoff battle thanks to Ryan Kesler and rookie Jeremy Welsh. Kesler went 13-5 in the circle, while Welsh was 7-3. As a team the Canucks won 33 of 58, or 57 per cent, of the draws. . .Vancouver defenceman Alex Edler logged a game-high 27:51. Andrew Alberts, who dressed as a seventh defenceman, played just 1:49 and has logged a total of just 2:26 in the last two games.
SEDIN SET PLAY
The Sedins capitalized on one of their set plays in the second period, when Henrik fired the puck off the end boards and Daniel darted in to retrieve it and fired a slap shot from the left circle that beat Schneider. “I think he thought Danny was going to go high, maybe,” Henrik said. “That is what he usually does. But he made a great shot and it was a great goal for us. They were up 2-1 and we didn’t have a lot going for us. It made it easier for us to play the rest of the game.”
The Canucks chartered immediately after the game to St. Louis, where they wrap up their seven-game road trip on Friday night against a Blues team that hasn’t played in a week. Vancouver opens up a three-game homestand on Monday night against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The Detroit Red Wings (on Wednesday night) and Toronto Maple Leafs (next Saturday in a 4 p.m. start) also pay visits to Rogers Arena next week.
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