First of all: A goal that will be shown forever, and one that Kiprusoff will never forget.
More after the jump...
Mason Raymond scored 2 goals in the span of 34 seconds late in period one, and then scored the Canucks' next goal 12:31 into the 2nd period to get earn the first hat trick of his career. He now has 17 goals and 29 points in 39 games. He has 12 points in his last 9 games. Think this guy wants a raise?
What a game! Lots of physicality, a bed-wetting by the Flames, Canucks getting scoring from 3 different lines..Kyle Wellwood of all people scored the winning goal as the Flames refused to play a solid defensive game.
Welcome to 7th spot in the West, Vancouver! These guys look terrifically poised right now. They just stole 4 points from 2 Albertan teams.
Even though the Sedins were dominant they only managed a point each. Darcy Hordichuk played the role of pest tonight, completely getting under Brian McGratton's skin and causing him to take penalties. He was rewarded with just under 10:00 of ice time. Well done, Hordichuk.
A few other stats that stand out:
-10 Canuck players registered at least a point.
-Willie Mitchell was awesome tonight. 22:37 played, 1 assist, 1 goal saving play and a +3.
-Tanner Glass and Kevin Bieksa both fought, where Hordichuk and Rick Rypien did not. Huh.
-Kevin Bieksa's ice time is still low, playing only 16:39 tonight. He looked pretty good fighting Eric Nystrom. I didn't see him make many mistakes. He finished a +1.
-Phaneuf, Regehr, Langkow and Bourque...all -2 tonight.
I did not foresee Miikka Kiprusoff getting pulled. I didn't foresee the Flames showing such little emotion either. The Canucks on the other hand have silenced their critics for the time being.
1. Great win over Edmonton after the Xmas layoff.
2. Great win over an Oiler team that is last in the West
3. Great win over a Flames team that was well-rested, 1 point above them in the standings, and the 2nd game for Vancouver in as many nights
The next game against Phoenix will be a lot tougher I assure you.
MY 3 STARS
1. Mason Raymond
2. Roberto Luongo. That point-blank glove save was sick.
3. Willie Mitchell