The Canucks can't score to save their lives....said no one ever on Thursday night. After a stretch of five straight games scoring two goals or less, the Canucks offense exploded for seven goals against the Predators on their way to a 7-4 win Thursday night in Vancouver.
Normally my post-game sidebars require a little bit more analysis on what went right or wrong. Sometimes it's about controlling the puck, other times it's defense, and then on nights like tonight, it's just simply about offense. Let's be honest, offense is the most fun to talk about.
Thursday's game between the Predators and Canucks was one even the most basic hockey fan could appreciate as the two teams combined for 11 goals. The Canucks scored more goals in one period than they had in any of the past five games, and it was their highest offensive output of the season. Now that's what I call a sweet homecoming after a rough road trip.
What was most impressive about the Canucks win was the sharing of the wealth. During the game, seven different Canucks scored, and nine had at least one point. For those of you in Vegas, if you had Andrew Ebbett to open the scoring, you're a very rich person this evening. Just over a minute and a half into the game, Jannik Hansen hustled down the ice forcing a turnover behind Nashville's net. Hansen then tapped the puck back out in front of the net as Ebbett tapped it in to open the scoring. The goal was Ebbett's first of the year. Ebbett would also add two assists for a career high three points on the night.
Who else came to play other than Ebbett? Hansen and Mason Raymond joined in, as the trio combined for eight points during the night. Hansen scored one goal and two assists, while Raymond chipped in a goal and an assist. I still have a man crush on Raymond for his spin move in the shootout against Columbus.
In the third period, Henrik Sedin scored his seventh goal of the year in a role we never see him in; the penalty shot. David Booth provided the finale with an empty net goal. It's just a shame that Booth's first goal of the season game with no one guarding the net. Padding the stats?
Also, for those of you keeping track, Thursday's win marked the 300th career win with the Canucks for Alain Vigneault.
Next up for the Canucks is the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. The Red Wings have won five of their last seven, but will be playing their second game in as many nights after playing Edmonton on Friday night.