I'll keep this short. Roberto Luongo looked excellent stopping 31 of 32 shots. Ryan Kesler had an off game by his standards. He ended up in the box 3 times. The Canucks gave the Avalanche 6 power play chances and killed every one of them..dead. Dan Hamhuis is listed as playing 4:52 shorthanded minutes! Canucks teams of recent and distant past may have collapsed after the Avalanche pulled within 1 goal, but not this group. It looks like the Canucks can win in all different ways. Tonight was a low-scoring tight game where they excelled defensively (as did the Avalanche).
A few more stats:
-Mason Raymond comes back and looks like he had not missed time at all. He gets put on the 4th line and scores a goal, while Alexandre Bolduc scored his first NHL goal and added an assist and Tanner Glass had 2 assists. Bolduc only played 5:52. Raymond: 9:17.
-Line 2 scored zero points and had a combined 4 shots. Line 1 had 5 shots and no points. Line 3 had 6 shots and a combined -2. So it's all about Line 4 tonight! Great stuff!
-What the hell was going on here (h/t Wisp)?
Luckily no harm no foul.
Seriously, have the Canucks EVER been on top of the NHL at this point of the season before? I don't recall it ever happening. Does this look swingin' or what: