Ryan Kesler's 3-1 goal did not impress the Avalanche fans or Peter Budaj for that matter. "It's just a tough way to get scored on. ... The puck went straight up and I was turning. Somebody hit me in the face or the back of the head." That would be Jeff Tambellini who wacked him in the mask, and the motion of Budaj's head after that contact knocked the puck into the net. I have never seen that before...BUT I LIKE IT! I'll take a win any way possible at this point.
Even better was the 4-2 goal by Alexandre Burrows to send the Avs away crying:
Daniel Sedin said pregame that
the Canucks would respond after Alain Vigneault changed the lines. That they did. Vancouver made Colorado look about as bad as say, the Coyotes made the Canucks look on Sunday, bringing the Avalanche's 4-game winning streak to a halt.
All the players that were moved by the coach responded. Burrows ( 1 goal, 1 assist) looked awesome with the Sedins and looked like he's finally got his legs under him. Jeff Tambellini (1 assist and 3 shots) clicked with Kesler and Raymond. Mikael Samuelsson (1 assist and 2 shots) added something that was lacking to line 3: shots on goal. Jannik Hansen looked fine in a checking and grinding role on line 4, playing 11:41. He was still used in a PK role.
-0-for-4 on the power play for Vancouver means that their 5-on-5 game just got a hell of a lot better! The boys did surrender 1 PP goal against though (thanks, Hamhuis). Despite Hammer's 2 minors taken he still finished a +2.
-Alexander Edler played more than anyone on either team: 27:49.
-The Canucks were 34-18 in the faceoff circle, continuing their dominance there.
-6 points combined for the Burrows-Sedin line.
-Roberto Luongo was solid but didn't have to be all that great the way the team played in front of him.
-Avalanche defenceman Scott Hannan was a -4!
-John-Michael Liles is sick. 2 more points for him, putting him over a point per game pace...as a defenceman.
lost Money Malhotra to an undisclosed injury and the Avalanche lost both Adam Foote and Craig Anderson. Rogers Arena is probably a place that Anderson wants to cross off his map. That is the second time he has suffered a fluke injury there. Foote collided with Tambellini knee on knee, gave a disgusted look, and a giant booger fell out of his huge schnozz.