Canucks Post-Game #SixPack: One Good Period

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The Vancouver Canucks kicked off their longest road trip of the season Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Although it took about 50 minutes, the game did eventually become bearable, at least for Canuck fans.

Thanks to an unfortunately-timed switch to a Rogers Business Account, I lost my access to NHL Game Centre which is necessary for watching Canuck games while I’m in Alberta. Instead of adding onto the one and a half hours of total time spent on the phone with a representative trying to solve this issue, I felt that relying on radio and twitter analysis would be less painful. So yeah, we’ll see how this goes.

And you know what? Maybe not getting any visuals for this game was a blessing in disguise because just listening on the radio was painful enough, at least for the better part of two periods before Vancouver exploded for five goals. I think we can all agree that the Thanksgiving feast the Canucks indulged in last night was to blame for their lethargic start.

Final score: Canucks 5 – Blue Jackets 0

Canucks goals:

  1. Chris Higgins (5th goal) – Assisted by Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa
  2. Henrik Sedin (6th goal) – Assisted by Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata
  3. Shawn Matthias (4th goal) – Assisted by Brad Richardson and Yannick Weber
  4. Brad Richardson (5th goal) – Assisted by Nick Bonino
  5. Alex Burrows (6th goal) – Assisted by Chris Higgins and Nick Bonino

Blue Jacket goals:

  1. Be Better Next Game

1. Canucks Opened the Scoring

There really hadn’t been much to talk about early on so yes, I am leading off with a goal in the second period.

This was pretty significant because the way the Canucks were playing, a goal from Columbus would have been more back breaking than when Bane took out Batman.

And unlike Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, I doubt the Canucks would have been able to mount much of a comeback with the way the were playing up to that point. Henrik Sedin backed up this notion in his post-game interview on the Team 1040:

“If they score first, the game might go the other way.”

Fortunately, Chris Higgins opened the scoring with a shot from a near impossible angle to beat Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The goal gave Vancouver that all important lead going into the third period.

Even more impressive was the Canucks Twitter account which tweeted out this gem:

2. Speaking of Higgins…

Since there really isn’t much else to talk about at the moment, I’ll bow to popular demand and throw in some Chris Higgins for you all you ladies (and men) out there.

This picture is truly a Clash of the Titans: Thanksgiving Dinner vs. Chris Higgins’ Abs.

I’m a little confused to see a 20-year-old Ryan Miller running the buffet table, but he seems to be having a good time now that Higgins has shown up.

Nah. I just listen to the people (my wife included) and give the people what they want. Which is obviously more Chris Higgins.

3. Hank Scored Again

While I was busy searching and posting pictures of Higgins, I missed hearing the Henrik Sedin goal 48 seconds into the third period.

Remember when we were all concerned about Daniel losing his scoring ability after Duncan Keith tried to take his head off in 2012? Well here’s a good reason to keep on worrying about that.

When Henrik Sedin is outscoring you, there is a problem.

It’s not that Daniel has been bad this year. He has been racking up the assists like Henrik always does and maybe that’s just the way it’s going to be from here on out. The shot that got him 40+ goals a season is gone but his intelligence and creativity remains intact. As long as the twins have a legitimate sniper (hello, Radim) then they should always be a threat.

4. Dorsett Goes Ass Over Tea Kettle

Image: @myregularface

Dorsett just really wanted to say hello to his old teammates…

5. Back-to-Back Shutouts for Ryan Miller

Perhaps the only Canuck to show up for the whole game was Ryan Miller, who suddenly has himself a two game shutout streak going.

Even though these two games have come against some offensively challenged teams, it’s still nice to Miller pitch a couple of shutouts. And Columbus did come at him pretty hard but Miller was up to the challenge every time.

The win also puts Miller back into a tie at 15 with Pekka Rinne for the league lead.

6. What a Weird Game…

No kidding. But a win is a win, no matter how ugly it may be. Considering this was the first of a seven game road trip, It was important to get some momentum early on before the really challenging games *cough Pittsburgh cough* come up.

And hey, look at that. Although technically tied with Montreal and Anaheim, The Canucks are sitting at the top of the league thanks to having played one fewer game. That’s neat.

Just like everybody predicted.

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