The Vancouver Canucks returned from the longest road trip in NHL history with a very convincing, lop-sided victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Pitted as the matchup between the two best Canadian teams this year, it really was a showing of how Canada's Stanley Cup hopes (if any) rest upon the shoulders of the Vancouver Canucks.
Ottawa's defence appeared dreadful as they gave up four or five breakaways during the game. Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire actually kept the Senators in the game with a few miraculous saves early, before the dam broke and the Canucks opened the flood gates.
Mikael Samuelsson scored twice, notching his 29th and 30th of the season, while Alexandre Burrows potted his 31st of the season, his 5th short-handed goal (tying the league lead with Chicago forward Marian Hossa). Sami Salo and Daniel Sedin also scored as the Canucks outshot the Senators 35-14.
The Canucks move to 87 points on the year, five ahead of Colorado for the Northwest Division lead, and to 5-1-1 in their past seven games.