Sunday, October 26, 2008

PP Paces Canucks Against Oilers

Heading into Saturday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks had scored just three goals on 33 power play chances. However, eveything they touched turned to gold when they had the man advantage against their Northwest Division rivals as they skated away with a 6-3 win at General Motors Place.

Mason Raymond led the attack for the home team, scoring twice on the power play. He now has two goals and three assists in five straight games. Jannik Hansen also netted a pair of goals for Vancouver, his first multiple-goal game of his rookie season.

Recent call-ups Kyle Wellwood and Jason Krog rounded out the scoring for Vancouver as both scored with the man advantage. Wellwood's goal, which proved to be the game winner, came early on in the third period to break a 3-3 tie. He has two goals and an assist since being re-called from the AHL. Krog, who appeared in his 200th NHL game, scored his first as a Canuck as he skated on the power play with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa each chipped in a pair of assists in the victory. Kelser leads the Canucks in scoring (3g,6a) and has points in five straight (2g,4a). Bieksa wound up leading all Vancouver players in ice time (24:17) on route to collecting three points in his last two games.

Roberto Luongo did his part to help the team to snap out of a three-game losing skid. Rock solid in the first and third periods, Luongo stopped 25 of 28 Oilers shots. The biggest came with a little more than two minutes to go in the middle frame as he made a great glove-handed stop on a penalty shot attempt by Sam Gagner.

As you can well imagine, this was a pretty spirited affair between the two clubs. Rob Davison, appearing in just his 2nd game of the season, was involved in an early scrap with Oilers tough guy Steve MacIntyre. Mattias Ohlund, who took exception to a late and high attempted elbow/forearm from Erik Cole, proceeded to beat up the Edmonton forward. To add insult to injury for Cole was the fact his tie-down on his jersey popped loose, warranting an automatic game misconduct.

Vancouver wound up out-shooting Edmonton 30-28. The Canucks were 4-for-6 on the power play while the Oilers went 0-for-4.

Now with an overall record of 4-4-0, the Canucks will have a few days off for practice before entertaining the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The Bruins feature local boy and former Memorial Cup winner with the Vancouver Giants Milan Lucic, who is coming off a hat-trick performance Saturday against the Atlanta Thrashers. It will be the one and only meeting of the season between the Canucks and Bruins.

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