Before Thursday's game with the Flyers, the Canucks needed a spark. The team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak where they had scored just two goals. Vancouver got that spark with a 4-0 win over the Flyers as Ryan Miller delivered his fourth shutout of the season.
The Canucks finally came alive offensively, running Ray Emery out of the game early in the 2nd period after Radim Vrbata scored the second power play goal of the night for Vancouver. Nick Bonino, Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen also scored for the Canucks, all within the first 22 minutes of the game.
Ryan Miller was tested early as the Flyers got off four shots in the span of just over two minutes. Fortunately, Miller ate his Wheaties and was able to turn away all of them.
The game also got off to a bit of a scrappy start as Kevin Bieksa and Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves for an early fight.
After a slow offensive start for the Canucks, Nick Bonino made all of our jaws drop with a nifty spin-o-rama move to get himself past Michael Del Zotto to deliver the game's opening goal. I think Ray Emery was so caught off guard by the spin move that he wasn't even prepared to make the save. The goal was Bonino's 10th of the season, one for the highlight reels.
"Bonino spinorama on Del Zotto" is not even a sentence it's just a collection of random italian sounding words— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) January 16, 2015
Later in the period, the Canucks took advantage of Philadelphia's league-worst penalty kill when Henrik Sedin delivered a redirect goal to give Vancouver a 2-0 lead. The Sedinery was in full effect on the power play as Daniel delivered the shot towards the net while Henrik redirected it to beat Emery.
Of course, there could be a logical explanation for Vancouver's hot start, but when you're on a three-game losing streak, you take what you can get.
Don't want to be a buzz kill, or anything, but #Canucks ARE facing a Flyers team that played last night and has Ray Emery in net tonight.— Cam Tucker (@CamTucker_Metro) January 16, 2015
The second period got off to a hectic start with a power play goal by Radim Vrbata that caused a little confusion. Vrbata set up and waited patiently to snipe in Vancouver's second power play goal in as many attempts. Play briefly went on as the Flyers thought the shot deflected off the post, but after a quick review, it was determined the shot was indeed a goal, and just like that, Ray Emery's night was done.
The Flyers called Rob Zepp into net, and Zepp was welcomed to the game with a breakaway goal by Jannik Hansen, which is quickly becoming his thing this season. Hansen's goal came just 22 seconds after Vrbata's power play goal.
Jannik Hansen's 3rd breakaway goal of the season. Is this real life?— Grady S (@GradySas) January 16, 2015
Miller continued to dominate in net as the night went on, including robbing Luke Schenn with a nasty glove save. Schenn was set up in the slot for a great look on net, but Miller was able to adjust just quickly enough to make the miraculous glove save. When he received the puck, Schenn likely would've been able to score had he gone over Miller's right shoulder. However, Schenn hesitated just long enough for Miller to slide over and force Schenn to go glove side.
The third period was about as uneventful as you expect a third period of a 4-0 game to be. A few good chances here and there to add some insult to injury, a little pushing and shoving and the losing team getting boo'd off the ice by the home fans. The Flyers were totally flat by this point, allowing Ryan Miller to wrap up the shutout with ease.
Now that the Canucks have snapped their losing streak, they'll continue their five-game road trip with a stop in Carolina tomorrow before heading to the Sunshine State for another date with Roberto Luongo. After being the rested team against the Flyers, the Canucks will have to make sure not to make the same mistakes as Philadelphia did as they'll be playing their second game in as many nights while Carolina is coming off a three-day break.