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Canucks Finally Move Into Top 8 In West With 4-1 Victory Over Predators

Western_conference_december_21_medium Oh my. For the first time this season (I believe) we can finally say that the Canucks hold a playoff spot (image on left from Yahoo Sports). It may not last more than 20 hours, as both Detroit and Dallas (who are both 1 point behind Vancouver) play Wednesday night. A win for either team bumps us out again. But hey! Let's enjoy this while it lasts!

What a game. That was a tenacious, aggressive and consistent effort from the Canucks. It was almost predictable, considering how they play against red-hot teams. They killed Nashville's winning streak with style, out-shooting the Preds 36-21, and not being out-shot in any period. Hell, their 2nd period was fantastic, out-shooting Nashville 14-7, killing 2 penalties (and having no powerplays) and out-scoring the pesky Preds 2-0.

The Sedins had only 1 point combined in the previous 2 Canucks games. They combined for 6 points tonight and stole the show.

A few whack stats after the jump:

-Christian Ehrhoff was a -1 with no points and 5 shots.

-The much-scrutinized Kevin Bieksa still played less minutes (18:46), had 1 assist and was an even zero. Somebody mentioned in the game thread that he had not heard much from Bieksa tonight and that was probably a good thing. I guess so.

-Willie Mitchell and Sami Salo each finished a +3 on the night.

-Jason Arnott, Martin Erat and Steve Sullivan were no match for our top line. They each finished -3. Erat had a hat trick to obliterate the Canucks a couple weeks back, but had zero points and 1 shot tonight. It's OK to laugh at that.

-That was one of the best games I've seen Kyle Wellwood play all year. He's gotta shoot once in a while though.

-Dave are a fail.

-What in the blue hell was up with the green men in the stands? That is some funny stuff right there.



1. Henrik Sedin

2. Daniel Sedin

3. Roberto Luongo


Erat fails on the Salo shot that makes it 3-0


The Green Man Group. A couple Green Man impersonators. Pretty funny hey Scatchard? Don't think Trotz was laughing though.

Hat tip to Puck Daddy for finding a clip of the green guys harassing Predators in the P-box: